Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Q&A with Jonathan Doyle, author of The Last Line Of A Goat Song

Now available to buy on Amazon, BN, Kobo, iBooks, and Goodreads from Wild Thorn Publishing is the is the action-adventure The Last Line Of A Goat Story by Jonathan Doyle.

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

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Storyteller: When did you become interested in storytelling?

Jon Doyle: When I was about seven, my family’s TV set broke and we couldn’t afford to buy a new one. So my Mom would read to us every night from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. I fell in love. Soon after, I wrote my first story about a lonely tiger, roaming around Africa, looking for his long lost family. Sure, I got the continent wrong, but a writer was born!

RCAS: What was your first book/story published?

JD: This one. I’ve never tried to get any other book or poem or short story sold. Though I do have a self-published novel floating out there in the ether.

RCAS: What inspired you to write The Last Line of Goat Song?

JD: My book is about a stutterer rendered mute. I had a terrible childhood stutter when I was a kid and wanted to write about that experience which so influenced my life. I don’t think many realize how difficult it is to navigate through life without having fluency. This novel also deals with illegal immigration. I worked in bars and restaurants for years, so I know many “illegals”. I refuse to equate that with “alien”. These are people and I wanted to show that Maggie, my lead, is complex and flawed and wonderful and deserves respect.

RCAS: What character in The Last Line of Goat Song is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

JD: William is the most like me. Obviously, because of our stutter, but also our reclusive inquisitiveness. Who’s least like me? Probably Anna. She’s a go-getter, a bit of a game player. She holds grudges. I love Anna as a character, but we’re not built the same!

RCAS: What is your favorite part in The Last Line of Goat Song?

JD: The ending. The last scene.

RCAS: What was the hardest part to write?

JD: The ending. The last scene!

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

JD: Hmm. I think I’d be a lawyer. Doing research. In the bowels of a big office building. Losing my mind.

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

JD: No. The book’s already out there. What good does it do to read them? Can’t change anything at that point. I don’t pay attention to them at all. And never would I let a review, unless by a trusted peer, influence my writing.

RCAS: What well-known writers do you admire most?

JD: Virginia Woolf, Henry Miller, James Baldwin, Hart Crane, Marilynne Robinson, Edan Lepucki, the list goes on and on.

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

JD: I’m working on one now, a coming of age story, about a boy and his dog. Fingers crossed it’s decent!

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About the Author

Jonathan Doyle is a screenwriter and novelist based in Los Angeles with his large collection of books and his trusty DVR. A native of Phoenix AZ, Jonathan grew up in Southern California and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Psychology, but still can’t overcome his fear of freeway overpasses. When he’s not busy working on a new novel/poem/song/screenplay, he enjoys reading Virginia Woolf, lamenting a Lakers loss, or watching Siberian tiger videos online.

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