What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.
Super Born: Seduction of Being, a fun, sexy, fantasy, sci-fi novel that explores what happens when a single mom suddenly finds she is endowed with superpowers and the laws of man no longer apply to her! The book is a humorous and entertaining superhero novel that takes you on a thought-provoking, sexy, satirical romp of a single mom in Scranton, PA who suddenly develops superpowers and the journalist who discovers her heroic, high-flying antics. The reader will identify with the heroine as she questions basic human emotions, circumstances and temptation, the use of power, right from wrong, and the value struggles that affect our daily lives. The book follows her struggles to find out what these newfound superpowers mean to her while she learns to balance her superpowers with her duties as a single mom, questions morally and ethically the immensity of her new found skills, and wrestles with whether or not to keep them a secret from her daughter. All while dealing with those who wish to abuse her powers!
Tell us something about yourself.
Writing has always been a passion for me. I began writing as a twelve year old boy writing Secret Agent short stories in my room, imagining I was James Bond. Super Born was a work of pure inspiration that has created a new genre of novels…the super hero novel. My alter ego, the narrator of the book, comes from an unknown area of my brain, as he bears no similarity to me, yet I cannot stop writing in his voice.
Writing has reemerged in the last few years as a major focus in my life. My love for writing took a back seat to my career in business and my family for a number of years, but now I am following my passion. Super Born: Seduction of Being is my third novel. I also published a children’s book, The Big Big Game in 2002.
In my other life, I am the founder and owner of Crown and Kornell, Corporation, a firm focusing on developing green operations which does business throughout the US and Canada. I am also currently developing a wind farm in Central Pennsylvania.
I graduated from John Carroll University and when not running my business, I spend my limited spare time writing, sculpting and in creating video productions.
What inspired you to write this book?
One day driving back to my office from lunch, the first chapter began playing itself like a movie in my head. I hurried to the office and tried to remember it as well as possible. So the book is from inspiration in its purest form.
How did you choose the title?
It only took months. I tried to pick a title that captured the creation of super heroes and their seduction by the new powers they need to deal with.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I could write my characters all day long, so writing and the creative process is not the problem. Believing in the end product is not the problem. Reaching the people who would enjoy and be entertained by the story is the greatest frustration and obstacle.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Super Born has a life of its own. It just happens to be in my head. Writing it was unlike any other writing I have ever done. It literally plays in my head and I struggle to type as fast as it happens.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
That is an interesting question and one of the mysteries of the first book. Neither the narrator nor the B.I.B. (our heroine, the Beotch in Black) is referred to in the book by names other than “narrator” or “B.I.B.”. For some of the other characters I used names of real people I know in Scranton PA. The remainder were from my imagination to fit various satiric characters and situations.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
It is an ongoing education. The lessons learned vary from writing techniques, self confidence in my skills, to skills I needed to learn to promote the book such as speaking on the radio, TV, to interviewers, at book stores, at conventions, down to a personal level of who one’s friends are. It has been a dazzling, eye opening, and extremely enjoyable experience with much more to come.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
In terms of the book itself, I would do nothing differently. The only things I could do better today than before would be in my knowledge of the publishing business. But I see no other way I could have known that or learned it other than the course I took and the mistakes I made and learned from along the way.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
As you can tell if you have read Super Born, I am nothing if not diverse. My tastes in all things run that way including books. I read non fiction, poetry, and all types of fiction. Currently, for example, I am reading the auto biography of Von Richtoffen, the Red Baron of WW1, before that the Robert Ludlum series upon which the Borne Identity series of movies was based, before that Joesph Campbell’s work on the origin of the hero. Probably one of my favorites is Ayn Rand who works are coming back into vogue. But it is the Psychology in her novels that I find most interesting.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
As I mentioned earlier, Super Born has a life of its own, so it continues to play in my head. Over 40 pages of Super Born II had been written before the need to promote Super Born I made me stuff it back in the closet.
Super Born II uses the introduction to the characters in the first book to go into greater detail of the characters background and where they can from. It starts with the rebirth of Scranton under the protection of the super heroes and delves deeply into the relationship between the B.I.B. and the narrator as they try to be normal. The Russian Super Women enter the scene and the super women endeavor to find uses for their powers.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Do you have a month to discuss it? I could write another book on the subject and the story is not over yet.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
There is diverse entertainment available in Super Born. I have received wide ranging responses from readers. For example one woman was put off by some of the language in the book and another woman was amazed that a man wrote something that so sensitively describes things from a woman’s point of view when the B.I.B. narrates.
Super Born has many levels, humor, satire, super hero SciFi, moral decisions, and discussions of what it takes to be a hero, be the hero a person, a community, or a country.
That said I think any reader who reads Super Born with an open mind will be entertained by it and glad they spent their time reading it. If they let the book take them where it will, just like it does in my mind when I wrote it, they will enjoy it. I find the only negative comments I get are from people who enter reading it with a close mind and preconceived slots into which it should fit. Face it Super Born is a unique new genre, anyone realizing that who buckles up to ride the rollercoaster will have a good ride.