Writer's Close-Up: Joseph Monninger

Writer's Close-Up: Joseph Monninger



ooh we're going Jim good rolling okay um start now yeah my stories are often set in New Hampshire and sometimes in Maine I Love New England I'm not a natural-born New Englander but I've lived here for probably close to over 30 years my name is Joe moniker and I'm a writer in New Hampshire I live in the White Mountains with my wife and son and my dog Laika I get up most mornings between 5:30 and 6:00 fix a cup of tea or coffee and I carried out to my little writing shed out in the backyard usually with my dog and I make a wood stove it's cold if not I'll leave the door open and I spend about two and a half to three hours writing generally – about nine o'clock depending on how it's going I try to always have something going don't you talk about them for a little bit so you did so on the so my son Justin's a funny kid and when he was little he used to love these plastic animals and of course now there's no interest in them but I have him up on a shelf here and he used to laugh it along attack one over the other and he would argue that one day that the bear could live in one day that the bison could win and of course this is the base of system really isn't it's you know who's gonna win who's gonna try out but I love these things they remind me that to keep it simple and to tell a story and the people want to hear a story and it can be as simple as bear meets bison who wins I have two novels coming out this fall the first is won't as we know it which is a story about the loss of me it's an adult novel it was that a love story and at its core and so this is a story about three young people who meet in childhood and what becomes of them as they go through their lives the second one which is a young adult novel called finding somewhere it's about two girls who steal a horse the night before the horse is condemned to be put down there's an old old horse and they take it out to the western rangeland and release it and it's a nice little story it comes together well and of course all stories need to be about two things they can be about the extensible story the the plotline but then they also have to have a second element and I think in finding somewhere there's a nice second element that weaves itself through the story so that's what I do and when the novels work I'm pretty satisfied when they don't I'm a little grumpy I'm always looking for stories always looking to see when two characters or a situation is fruitful and might be provocative to readers and obviously to me because unless it's provided it to me I can spend a year to writing a novel about it you

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