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Joe Sharkey

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Where are you from?
Philadelphia

Who are your favorite writers?
Zola, Dreiser, Roth, Waugh, Wodehouse, and various non-fiction writers led by Joan Didion and Joe McGinniss. For humor and attitude, Joe Queenan in small doses.

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Farewell to Arms, Catch 22, An American Tragedy, A Confederacy of Dunces, Scoop

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Horseback riding, hiking, world travel<./p>

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Write a third of what you know

What is your favorite quote?
"Do not try to understand me too quickly."-Andre Gide
"De gustibus non disputandum est."

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Q: How do you come up with those ideas
A: I work very hard at it.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Jimmy Breslin, newspaper columnist, who insists on the primacy of the simple declarative sentence, and on getting out of an office and off the phone to do real leg-work.

Where do you write?
In a home office, in NJ or in Tucson, Arizona

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