Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Q&A with Joe Vercillo, author of Age Six Racer

Now available from Wild Thorn Publishing is the coming of age adventure Age Six Racer by Joe Vercillo.

The author has taken a few minutes out of his  busy schedule for a Q&A about his novel. 

When did you become interested in storytelling?

I started songwriting when I was about 12, which is sort of like storytelling I guess. But I’ve always had a wild imagination, and Age Six Racer was a combination of that and life experiences.

What was your first book/story published?

AGE SIX RACER is my first!

What inspired you to write Age Six Racer?

Last summer I found a dead mouse in the garage. I made a joke about the mouse’s back story to my fiancĂ©, who is an indie author, and she encouraged me to turn it into a book (haha).

What character in Age Six Racer is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

Princeton is pretty much all me. Well, me after a break up anyway. A little bitter and sad, but he also looks back on his past with fond memories.

Least like me is Texas Dan. He’s a jerk.

What is your favorite part in Age Six Racer?

Probably the chapter called “The Crow,” I would totally make this book into a movie for that scene alone.

What was the hardest part to write?

None of it really, I was lucky it flowed right through to the end for me.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

Marine Biologist! I love wildlife.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

Yeah, I do read them and do take into account what people have to say. They sometimes see things from the outside that I don’t initially see. And not everyone is going to like your work, I’ve learned that from making music. Everyone has different tastes. To each their own. I tend to read bad reviews like celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves. You have to see the humor in it!

What well-known writers do you admire most?

Ken Follett, I love how he puts his fictional characters into real historical events. And J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is one of my faves too. Holden Caufield’s voice was incredible, I just loved the narrative in that.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

Starting the next Age Six Racer book, thinking it’s going to be a trilogy. Should be a fun ride!

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About the Author: Professional ice-hockey goaltender and Canadian singer-songwriter, Joe Vercillo, stumbled upon the love of his life, journeyed down to Princeton, New Jersey, and found a dead mouse in a garage.

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