Jack Kearney

Today I had the pleasure of talking with a man who is an ‘actor turned writer’. Help me to welcome Jack Kearney, author of Inside Out

IDI – As a writer, what is the one thing you would most like people to know about you?

Inside Out

Inside Out

JK – First of all, I want to thank you for this opportunity. As far as writers go, I don’t really consider myself a real writer in the terms that most people would. I have written several TV and movie treatments, a few short stories, a couple of published poems, and the script that was the inspiration for my novel. So, I’ll leave it up to the readers as to determine whether or not I’m a writer. I think of myself more as someone who gets inspired now and then and has to put it down on paper.

IDI – You’re welcome. I’m happy to do it.

When did you know that you were born to be a writer?

JK – In high school I had to write a book report on The Iliad and Odyssey by Homer.” Instead of the normal format, I created a new character that was one of Odysseus’s men and reported it from his eyes. It was so well received that I knew I had some kind of talent. I think I was born to entertain. I spent most of my life as an actor, so I guess one could say I’m a born storyteller.

IDI – What works for you? Give us a rundown of your writing process from beginning to finished product.

JK – I write when inspired. I first think about the story line and after mulling it over for a few days, a month or more, I just write. I never rewrite unless you count the editing process. I am a bit dyslexic so if it weren’t for computers and spell check, I might not have even attempted any of it.

In the case of Inside Out, it was a close call just missing getting a DUI a few years after teaching some inmates an acting workshop at Lompoc Federal prison that was my inspiration. The scare made me wonder what would happen to an actor after a workshop like I had, but by a twist of fate he were to end up back inside with the inmates he’d been teaching. This is a plot that had never been done, not then and not now. The title, like everything else, wrote itself. Incidentally, I am very proud of my cover, which I designed as well.

IDI – We all draw from within and I believe there is an element of ‘us’ in everything we write. How much of you will a reader find in any given book?

JK – With this book, you can already guess that Danny Belson is a young me had my acting career been more successful. Inside Out was originally a script I had written in the mid-eighties after having taught the inmates in the late seventies. It was to be my Rocky.

Jack Kearney

Jack Kearney

IDI – Can you tell us three interesting things about you that you’re sure we don’t already know?

JK – I worked as an actor, but I was never a working actor. In my younger years, I was also quite a dancer. In the book, Danny plays pool one-handed, which is something I can also do. I have also won numerous Karaoke contest with my Elvis impersonation.

IDI – Had I known about your Elvis impersonations beforehand, I would have asked for a video to include!

Define a great book.

JK – A book that you can’t put down or can’t wait to get back to. I read my favorite book The Godfather in one sitting. Did you know that it was originally written as a script?

IDI – Who are some of the more influential writers that have inspired you?

JK – I am a bit old school when it comes to writers. As an actor, I have read my share of plays so Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller are my favorites. As for book authors, I loved Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen King. I loved Carrie and was hooked ever since. As an actor I also get much inspiration from a good TV show or movie. I am one of those that can guess the plot of most things, so I wanted to make sure Inside Out kept you guessing the whole time.

IDI – How much time/effort do you give to social media as a means of self-promotion?

JK – It’s a good thing I work out of my home because book promotion is fast becoming a full-time job.

IDI – What do you do when you’re not writing?

JK – I am semiretired and work part-time setting appointments for a couple of publishers of a private monthly newsletter. I have to confess that my reading habits have dwindled as I’ve gotten older. I have gone from reading a book a week to maybe one every few months. I do love to watch a well-written TV show or movie and of course, most sports.

IDI – What advice would you give to new/unpublished writers?

JK – Don’t ever give up! If you feel you have something worth while to say, say it. But be realistic when it comes to appealing to readers. If they don’t see your vision, it might be time to try something new. I have a saying that I live by that has been tweeted and re-tweeted so some of you may have seen it: “Dreamers rarely rule the world, but they can change it.”

IDI – Great words to close with. Thank you for appearing with me today, Jack. It’s been a pleasure.

Join Me!

Books!

Lily White LiesThe Red StrokesMissouri in a Suitcase

Advertisements

About K.E. Garvey

Gather 'round and let me tell you a story... View all posts by K.E. Garvey

3 responses to “Jack Kearney

Thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

K.E. Garvey

The Official Website

People We Know

They're more interesting than you think.

Diane Gallagher Photos

Photos taken around the world...

Problems With Infinity

Confessions of a Delusional Maniac

Daily (w)rite

A DAILY RITUAL OF WRITING

Jean Lee's World

Finder of Fantasy & Adventure in Her Own Backyard

A Holistic Journey

Finding my way back out of motherhood -- while mothering

The Writersaurus

Adventures in Writing, Editing, and Publishing

davidjrogersftw

Starting life Fresh: Living to Win

Sarah Lea Stories

Where brevity is literary minimalism®

bookpeopleblog.wordpress.com/

Howdy! We're the largest independent bookstore in Texas. This is our blog.

Book of words

Books, reviews and all things worth reading

101 Books

Reading my way through Time Magazine's 100 Greatest Novels since 1923 (plus Ulysses)

The Misfortune Of Knowing

Books, Writing, & the Law

Kristen Lamb

Author, Blogger, Social Media Jedi

Stroppy Editor

Minding other people’s language. A lot.

David Gaughran

Let's Get Digital

Live to Write - Write to Live

We live to write and write to live ... professional writers talk about the craft and business of writing

Drinkers with Writing Problems

Literature by the Lit Up

Guild Of Dreams

Build Your World and They Will Come

Ink Drop Interviews & Reviews

The Sister Site of Author K.E. Garvey

Women.Who.Write.

“Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.” – Sylvia Plath

Writer Unboxed

about the craft and business of fiction

Writers In The Storm

A Blog On Writing

A Writer's Path

Sharing writing tips, information, and advice.

"Blog This" with the Lily White Liar

Thoughts, Observations & the Occasional Rant

%d bloggers like this: