Name F.J. Gouldner
Where are you from New York
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
University of Hard Knocks. Husband, Father of 7, Hunter, Gatherer, Protector, Underground Writer etc
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Publication of my 4th book Miniature Symphonies, appearance on Go From There podcast with host Travanti Jaramillo
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Seriously from the age of 17, needed an outlet for extreme anger
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I published my first piece at the age of 22. But storyteller a long time before that
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
It was about time. Alcoholism and addiction derailed my plans for a long while
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I concentrate mostly on the short form and making it as powerful as possible
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
All of the stories in my 4th book Miniature Symphonies were about music, hence the title
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t write novels. All 4 of my books are collections
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I write fiction, essays, and autobiographical pieces. So about 50% realistic you could say
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski, Henry Rollins, Jacques Sternberg, Chuck Palahniuk and countless others
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not necessarily new but groundbreaking: Jeremy C. Shipp, Greg F. Gifune, Carlton Mellick III
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on my 5th book as well as recovery project, and promoting fellow underground artists
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Interviewers such as yourself. Travanti Jaramillo of the Go From There podcast and other friends and fellow artists.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. It’s my retirement plan. Ha ha ha.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I’m really enjoying writing this one. It’s probably gonna piss a lot of people off but that’s what I do. Controversial is my middle name.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have loved words and language for as long as I can remember.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I never share current work. Superstitious I guess. My last book Miniature Symphonies was all about music.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding the time. I have 2 full time jobs, I’m the father of 7, and I do part time recovery coaching.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have several, but I’ll narrow it down to 3: Henry Miller- His lyrical flights of fancy,
Paul Auster- His mysteriousness, Charles Bukowski- His irreverence.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
A bit for readings and book tours. Hopefully more in the future.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My lovely, talented wife Kay. She’s a professional photographer.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The parts that were culled from memory. I’m getting older.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I will NEVER stop writing. It’s what I do. Who I am
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never stop! Read a lot! Fuck the naysayers!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you all so much for your continued support.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Where the Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Good Stand-Up comedy, and David Sedaris’ writing makes me laugh. My wife or children suffering in any way would make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Henry Miller to thank him for making me want to write. Same for Stephen King.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
One word. WARRIOR. Because that’s what I am.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Martial Arts, Music, Sleep (it’s a hobby because I don’t do a lot of it.)
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
T.V. Twilight Zone, American Horror Story, Maron. Films: Ghost Dog, American Splendor, The Godfather.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Anything my wife cooks, Red/Black, Metal/Blues.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Full Time Social Activist, Lawyer, Philosopher.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Thanks Fiona! Horns Up, You Rule!!!