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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Interview : Sam Moffie, author of No Mad

About The Author

A lifelong baseball fan, Youngstown, Ohio resident Sam Moffie graduated from Wittenberg University. He manages two sports bars, serving on the front lines of America’s most heated debate topics: sex, sports and politics. Sam has 3 children, 1 son-in-law, 1 grand-daughter, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 1 strike-out at marriage. When not writing and reading, he enjoys a glass of red wine with his muse.


Sam Moffie was very generous as to answer a few questions of mine that I was mulling over. Here's how he answers them.

1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes. Being born deaf in my right ear limited me to doing a lot of things. I read, read and read. The problem was instead of diving into writing full time after college -- I panicked and set out to make money in the go go 80's. Being the victim of a hit and run in 2006 set me straight on doing what I always wanted to.

2. What inspired you to write No Mad?

It started with my own seperation and eventual end of my 1st marriage in 2007... along with my three children all off to college and their own lives. I wanted to capture how as a man of 47 ... that feels.

3. What was your favorite book to write, and why?

No Mad, because I have come a long way in proper editing and it's the best story of the three. Swap is good, but it is a 1st novel and full of a lot of technical errors. The Organ Grinder and the Monkey was a chore to research and a dark story.

4. I've noticed that in your book , Aaron Abrams uses music for inspiration, do you listen to music while you write?

I love to listen to classic rock while walking my dog, driving or more importantly when cleaning up around the house. I had already used the importance of movies in our lives in Swap, so I thought that it was musics turn to get its proper due. I do not listen to music when I write.

5. What's your favorite song?

"Like a Rolling Stone", by Bob Dylan. "A complete unknown!"

6. Do you have a special place, whether it be in your room, office or outside that you enjoy writing?

At my desk, which is in my bedroom. There is a lot of light due to the amount of windows. I can step out onto my back deck from there when I need to ponder things.

7. Aaron Abrams is an animal lover, what would you say is your favorite animal?

Dogs. Golden retriever for sure. I'm very biased.

8. Do you have any pets, if you do what are their names?

A golden retriever named Bailey. A yellow lab named Boston. Three cats -- Lucky, Nicky and Babe.

9. Can you give us a list of your current novels?

Be glad to: Swap. The Organ Grinder and the Monkey. No Mad

10. Do you have any upcoming novels that we could look forward to?

I have just finished the post production of "The Book of Eli", which should be launced in October.

Thank you for this opportunity.

Sam Moffie's Novels

Please read my review of No Mad here.


Suzanne Yester said...

Great interview Jenn! Good questions! I really liked the question about the character using music as inspiration and whether the author also used music... we get a nice peak at the author.

Take care,

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

Thank you Suzanne! It really means a lot to me when I know someone has read something I've posted, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I was thrilled to have interviewed him.


Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

Great interview Jenni! I love questions about author inspirations and writing habits. It's fun to get an inside look into their world!

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

Thanks Kim for stopping by and checking out my interview! I appreciate the support :)



good interview. i wish you had asked just one more question: how close is the book to what he did during his separation?

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

That's a good question!! I sent along my questions and he responded back, so I wasn't even aware until after I had read all the answers to the questions that that was inspiration to the writing of this novel. If you head on over to his webpage, you can contact him through his email there, I'm sure he'd be glad to answer your questions. He is very friendly, and quick to respond as well.