Folks, please clap your eyes to screen for a fun interview with author Robert Wintner. He’s penned two nonfiction works so far, Brainstorm and 1969 And Then Some. Today we chat about book clubs, pets, self-promotion, and plenty more. And don’t forget to check out the tour-wide giveaway at the end of this post!
1. It’s time for you to host the book club. Who do you invite (living, dead, fictional, real)? And what 3 books will you be discussing?
Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, Charles Bukowski, Mahatma Gandhi, Mikael Gorbachev and Isaac Singer to review Lord Jim, Ulysses and Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing.
2. If you could, what book/movie/TV series would you like to experience for the first time all over again and why?
Lord Jim, for the adventure, story, characters and drama.
3. Conventions, book signings, blogging, etc.: what are some of your favorite aspects of self-promotion and what are some of the least favorite parts of self-promotion?
I don’t enjoy self-promotion, but I understand with the changes in book publishing and marketing it must be done. I would rather spend time writing or being in the world, trying to make it better against daunting odds.
4. What has been your worst or most difficult job? How does it compare to writing?
Working in a matchbook factory at 18 was demanding physically but debilitating emotionally, mentally and spiritually. That experience has nothing to do with writing. I like writing.
My dog Cookie. My cat Larry. My cat Yoyo. My cat Rocky.
6. If you could own a famous or historical art work, what would it be? Would you put it on public display or keep it privately?
I’d rather not. If required to own a famous artwork, I’d donate it asap—unless maybe it could be a 1951 Jaguar roadster runner.
7. If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you chose to do?
I’d be an animal rights activist working diligently to ban the aquarium trade.
Brainstorm is a first-person narrative of incidents leading up to, through and after a cerebral aneurysm and hemorrhage in the immediate family. The action includes the dramatic process ongoing in trauma centers designed to process sudden occurrence of aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage and morbidity. The American Medical Association estimates that 3% of all populations have aneurysm that may or may not leak—about 3½ million people in the U.S.
While the procedures and protocol for sudden onslaught are rote and fundamentally unchanged over the ages, hygienic and technological advances have reduced hazards. Death and debilitation statistics are still daunting, and Brainstorm factors a new component into the procedural mix, whereby a conscientious and healthy husband and wife seek participation in the process, to no avail.
1969 and Then Some is a memoir of the 60s and the influence of those years over the decades that followed. Romance, psychedelic insight and motorcycling evolve with the narrator maturity, such as it is, and non-compromise on morality and the undying spirit of adventure in nature.
While the 60s is often discounted or as ephemeral—as a social aberration—1969 & Then Some offers keen insight to lingering values that cannot be separated from significant segments of the most significant population group alive today, the baby boomers, many of whom still hold sway in key areas of social and cultural evolution.
Robert Wintner lives and works on Maui with his wife Anita, seven cats and Cookie the dog, who came in emaciated at 14 pounds, unable to stand. Cookie at 60 pounds raises a ruckus on the beach or in the living room in her continuing drive to make the world a happier place. The entire family eats well, stays fit and enjoys good health under blue skies.
Win one copy of 1969 and Then Some (Open to USA & Canada)! You can catch more reviews, interviews, guest posts and chances to win by checking out the blog tour hosted by iRead Book Tours.