11 responses to “Author interview no.140 with novelist and screenwriter Tom Szollosi

  1. williamdoonan

    September 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    This was really interesting, Tom. I’m definitely going to check on that Linked-In group. Hope to see you there! Thanks, Morgen.

    William Doonan

  2. Yvonne Hertzberger

    September 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Tom, I love that you get excited when your characters start to do things on their own. I was once ridiculed for saying my characters introduced themselves to me and I ‘met’ them and got to know them as I was writing. Good to see that others I respect have the same thing happen. Very confirming. And I am working on getting to the point where i believe enough in my work to know it is good even if it is criticized. Good for you. Great interview, BTW.

    • tomszollosi

      September 29, 2011 at 5:21 am

      Yvonne, people who ridicule you for being totally immersed in your work (which is what it takes for your characters to take on a life of their own in your mind — literally rising, I think, from your subconscious into your conscious mind) are just jealous. They don’t really get the full blast of the mainline, serious high that is writing. That’s not to say it isn’t work often reminiscent of having your molars extracted, because it is, but it’s the best job in the world.

  3. morgenbailey

    September 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you both… lovely to see you again. I’ll let Tom know you’ve stopped by. 🙂

    • tomszollosi

      September 29, 2011 at 5:24 am

      Thanks again, Morgen. This is really a lot of fun. I’ll try and develop another personality so I can be interviewed all over again!

      • morgenbailey

        September 29, 2011 at 6:31 am

        You’re so welcome (and thanks everyone for commenting). You could always do an Author Spotlight or guest blog 🙂 … or flash fiction… or red pen…

  4. JD Mader

    September 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Excellent work. I have always thought that John D. MacDonald does not get nearly the credit he deserves. I believe I have read all his books (which is saying a LOT…about both of us…read: prolific/obsessive). There was one summer I read every Travis McGee novel. That was like dope, too, but not in a bad way.

    Great interview!

    • tomszollosi

      September 29, 2011 at 5:23 am

      Chandler, revered though he is, doesn’t get enough, either. Nor does the original master, Dashiell Hammett. All these guys are true American Literary Giants, masters of the writing craft. Their genre choice may not have been the sexiest to academia, but there’s no questioning the integrity of their talent.

  5. JD Mader

    September 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Oh, and ‘The Space He Filled’ is excellent

    • tomszollosi

      September 29, 2011 at 5:23 am

      Joe Cafe ain’t hay, neither.

  6. JD Mader

    September 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks Tom. The novel, “Joe Café” which Tom mentions is by some guy named JD Mader (no relation), btw. 🙂

    I agree about Hammett and Chandler, but they have a cult following. John D always seems to get the short end of the stick. And given the number of novels and stories he wrote, he deserves credit even if they suck (which they don’t). You read his old short stuff?


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