Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Frank Marcopolos, author of the non-fiction self-improvement essays, THE STRANGE CASE OF A MIND SHIFT, and FROM ACHILLES TO TYLER DURDEN: WHY FICTION MATTERS FOR MEN, and welcome him to my blog. Welcome Frank!
Thanks! It’s great to be here, floating in this fine area of cyberspace.
Q: Both THE STRANGE CASE OF A MIND SHIFT and FROM ACHILLES TO TYLER DURDEN: WHY FICTION MATTERS FOR MEN display a great willingness on your part to encourage readers to get in touch with themselves in a refined, candid but spiritual manner, which is a great sentiment indeed. What life experiences led you to write these books?
A: I had something of an awakening, but it was a long process rather than a moment of sudden “Eureka!” What got me started on the road was that I stopped drinking while I was studying for a series of difficult professional exams. It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you stop creating holes in your brain (which is what drinking does.)
Q: Have you been writing for a long time?
A: Yes, since I was about 7 or 8 years old. It became a refuge for me after daily losing battles with the neighborhood “teenagers.”
Q: Do you have a preference for writing non-fiction, or fiction works?
A: I prefer fiction, but when I try to write non-fiction blog posts, for example, they tend to become very long, so I guess I like non-fiction, too.
Q: Do you have a writing program which works for you?
A: For fiction I’m a hard-core Dwight Swain disciple. His book, Techniques of the Selling Writer, changed my life.
Q: Do you have any favorite book genres which you love to read?
A: I read widely, and always have. When I was doing The Whirligig, for example, I had no genre restrictions or preferences for submissions, which was somewhat unusual. A good story well written is a good story well written, in my opinion, regardless of genre.
Q: Are there any favorite books and authors who have been influential upon you and your writing?
A: The 2 biggest ones probably are Douglas Adams and J.D. Salinger. When I read their stories, they make me want to write stories that elicit in the reader the same level of powerful emotions that the stories of Adams and Salinger conjure in me.
Q: Are there any specialists in their fields who have influenced you in your beliefs?
A: Absolutely. Dr. Paul Dobransky’s work in the field of psychology, Robert Bly in the area of men’s development, Dwight Swain on writing technique, Tim Ferriss on diet and exercise, David Simon for television storytelling. These folks are all beyond inspirational. One of the great things about the Internet is that if you have a good personal filter, you can find gurus in just about any field you’re interested in pretty easily.
Q: Do you have any favorite TV shows, from either the past, or still on the air?
A: THE WIRE is the greatest show ever produced, in my opinion. Other than that, I liked Aaron Sorkin’s STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP the one season it was on. But I don’t watch television anymore because I’m too busy with other things. TV can be a massive time-waster.
Q: You also have an interest in health, nutrition and general well-being. Do you have an exercise regime or special food diet which has assisted you?
A: Yes, I follow Tim Ferriss’s “4-Hour Body” religiously. I’ve lost about 40 pounds on it, while decreasing the amount of time I exercise significantly, which means I have more time (and energy) to write. I also think that if you eliminate toxins from your diet and replace them with nutrients, you’re bound to see big improvements in your life simply because you’re giving your body what it needs to function properly.
Q: Do you have any hobbies you love to participate in?
A: These days, it’s mostly reading and writing. I run once a week, but I’m not sure if that qualifies as a hobby.
Q: Do you have any other writing projects which you would like to mention?
A: I’m hard at work on my new novel, which I’m hoping will be available by the middle of the year.
I am certain that everyone will join me in thanking Frank today for his time, and that we look forward to reading more of his works in the future.
If you wish to contact Frank, he is available on:
*Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/FrankMarcopolos
*His website is: http://frankmarcopolos.com/
-Frank’s books can be accessed by clicking on the book covers below: