11 thoughts on “Author interview no.140 with novelist and screenwriter Tom Szollosi

  1. Yvonne Hertzberger says:

    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 says:

      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.


  2. JD Mader says:

    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 says:

      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.


  3. JD Mader says:

    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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