Interview- August 2010
1.When is your birthday?
January 16. I'm a Capricorn. Born in a Chinese year of the fire ox. Watch out!
2.What book are you reading now?
THE ASK, by Sam Lipsyte, my son. Re-reading, actually. Everytime I read it again I get more of the dark hilarity of the novel.
3.Have any of your book's been made into movies?
Both THE CONTENDER and ONE FAT SUMMER were optioned, but nothing on screen yet.
4.What was the hardest part of writing your book,The Brave?
Checking locales - even though I had been in nasty Manhattan neighborhoods, Indian reservations and boxing gyms as a New York Times sportswriter and a CBS correspondent, I kept going back to make sure I got it right. It was fun.
5.Do you enjoy being a author?
I love every part of it, especially sitting in a corner making stuff up.
6.Does your book Yellow Flag,Relate to any certain nascar driver?
Since the hero of Yellow Flag is a kid in a famous NASCAR family, parts of him probably evoke the Pettys, Earnhardts, Waltrips, Wallaces, etc. But he wasn't based on any one person. I covered NASCAR for several years for the Times.
7.Have you ever wrote in a journal or wrote your own?
Funny you should ask. My memoir "An Accidental Sportswriter" comes out next year from HarperCollins. 8.How many rejections did you get before you found an agent?
I was lucky. My first agent, Sterling Lord, was teaching at Columbia Journalism School when I went there and he represented me on the basis of some magazine articles I wrote for his class.
9.What are your current projects?
The memoir, a TV show I host on PBS, LIFE(Part2. And I'm always working on a new YA novel.
10.Thank You!What else do you wan to say to your fan's or want me to post?
For any of your fans who want to write, I'd say READ - everything (especially what Autumn tells you to read, of course)but just as a young athlete watches old pros to get tips, young writers should be looking to learn and steal from the best. And then WRITE and RE-WRITE and never give up.
To Check out more about Author Robert Lipsyte, visit his website http://www.robertlipsyte.com/index.htm!