About the Book
Copernicus H. Stringfellow, a.k.a. Nick, is not your run-of-the-mill genius. His mind is so powerful it can stop a speeding automobile or stem internal bleeding. As Nick goes about quietly doing good, he discovers that his powers are greatly enhanced by the nutrients present in Twinkies. Follow Nick on his amazing adventures in this humorous and exciting action-packed book for all ages.
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Chat with Lorin Barber Author of The Secret Life of Copernicus Stringfellow: Superstitious Superhero
What is the best part of writing for you?
What I enjoy most about writing is re-writing. I like going back over the story and making it a little bit better each time.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I hated writing after my 1st grade teacher gave me a C- in penmanship. I started to like it when my parents got me an electric typewriter in High School.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’d go back to the early 1900’s when life began to be modern but was still a lot simpler than now.
What book are you reading now?
I’m reading a book called “The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, why some are so rich and some are so poor.”
Are there any similarities with you and your characters?
Yes, Copernicus is lots of things that I would like to be. Our values are the same.
What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
I enjoyed the chapter near the end where a surprise was exposed regarding one of his family members.
Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
I read all of my reviews. I pay attention and try to improve my writing. That doesn’t mean I enjoy them. A book is part of your soul and criticism hurts. Still upon reflection I have to agree with about 80% of what is said.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world which would it be?
I love escaping into a good book but I read mostly non-fiction. Having lived nearly 60 years I think true life trials and true life joys are the best place for permanent residence.
Give us a cool quote from your book?
“Do you realize how notoriety ruins opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives? Do you think I could go about doing good with groupies hanging around and wannabees and jealous haters interfering? Have you ever noticed that charity from a celebrity breeds nothing but publicity? I have no desire to be renowned or even known.”
What is the question that you wish interviewers would ask, and the answer to that question?
I’d like people to ask what I’m going to do with the millions I’m going to earn from my first novel and I’d like to answer that I’m really worried about it.