Friday, October 18, 2013

Interview with the author of The Trashcan Opera Society, Marc McVey

People can be the biggest inspiration for writers, especially those who at first appear to have nothing, but in reality are more content than others. Book the Trashcan Opera Society is great example of that.

It is my pleasure to welcome today author Marc McVey to my blog.

What inspired you to write the Trashcan Opera Society?

I love opera, but I am not an expert, just a fan.  I worked for several years in both Los Angeles and San Francisco and you can regularly see a mix of people living on the streets.  I started thinking about how people end up living on the streets and this led me to thinking about how they love.  We all want love at some stage in our lives.  My book is just one fable, if you like, about a small exchange of lives, told in the style of an opera.   

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

Great question.  I suppose I would like a go at long stream of consciousness/ observational writing like Henry Miller or Mario Vargos Llosa.   

What has been your most rewarding and memorable experience as an author?

Having a few people tell me that they think about my characters months after they read the book.  A few even told me they were “mad” but in a good way.

Every November thousands of writers take part in a month long challenge, write a novel in 30 days. In your opinion, how much time is needed to write a quality book?

The 30 day challenge has always fascinated me.  I like the discipline that this challenge requires, but I confess I lack it in myself.  The writers I admire all say that it the end, it comes down to getting your butt in the seat and writing.  I think if I tried this, I might improve my speed, but then again, why?  I enjoy the process of writing, even if I am very slow.

You favorite book/author?

Victor Hugo – Les Miserables.  This book never stops giving to me.

Can readers in Europe purchase your book?

Yes – it is an e book that can be purchased through all the international sites on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Do you have current work in progress?

Yes.  I have two projects underway. Hope to have the first one finished by the end of the year.

Readers can find Marc's latest achievements here:

Here is a sneak peek at the Trashcan Opera Society:

Jordan walked away from the practice of law and has slowly slipped away from his prior life. He now lives on the streets. He has learned to survive using a variety of schemes to make or steal money. He lives part of the time in a homeless shelter and other times with Hannah.

Jordan developed a love of opera during his time in law school. Despite his homelessness, he buys annual season tickets to the opera, much to the amusement of his friends. These tickets allow him to sit with the wealthiest opera fans in the city.

Hannah reveals a great secret to Jordan and asks him for his promise to fulfill a special wish. Together, Hannah and Jordan form a team to try to survive Los Angeles. This is their opera.

Thank you so much for allowing us into your world, Marc. It's been my extreme pleasure to host you today. I wish you success in your writing.