Tuesday, February 9, 2010


It is an honor to Interview Author Geoffrey Neil today.

Author of:    "DIRE MEANS"

Genre:             Thriller







Geri:        When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?

Geoffrey:    When I first began to realize how therapeutic writing was. Journaling for
                      myself gave me my first satisfaction as a writer. Then when I was offered
                      some free lance work for a local newspaper, I received my first positive
                      feedback from strangers, who carry much more credibility about quality
                      than loved ones. This encouraged me, and made me want to write more.

Geri:          Did you have favorite books as a child?

Geoffrey:   Dr. Seuss, and as many books about animal adventures as I could find, and
                     get my parents to read to me.

Geri:            Who is your favorite author?

Geoffrey:    John Steinbeck.

Geri:               Has a special person in your life inspired you to write?

Geoffrey:       Yes, and I'd add 'encouraged and prodded' to describe what my friend,
                          Judy Proffer, an ex-boss turned friend has done to support me.

Geri:              If you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?

Geoffrey:      Fantasy. I think fantasy is fiction stretched to its limit, because not only
                        is it created by the author's imagination, it often includes worlds and
                        beings that are based on nothing we've ever seen.

Geri:              Do you have any current work in progress?

Geoffrey:      Yes. I'm drafting my second book, and it will include one character from
                        "DIRE MEANS."  That character will probably be obvious to anyone who
                         finishes the story. I don't know if book number two will carry the
                         socially conscious theme of DIRE MEANS, but since I don't work from
                         from an outline, I never know where events will take the story.

Geri:               Thank you very much for your time. It has been a pleasure, and very
                         enjoyable. I wish you much success.

Geoffrey:        You're welcome.

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