Interview with Dennis Sharpe:
Thank you for agreeing to be interrogated, er, I mean interviewed!
Honestly, I really like talking to people… and questions are usually a lot of fun… so interrogation or interview, either one, is just fine with me.
First I have to ask the most important question, the one that defines a writer to many- coffee or tea?
Coffee. Without second thought or even the briefest of hesitation. Coffee. Early and often. I have a blog titled: “Dennis Sharpe – Man. Mostly Coffee.”
On that note, would you say that authors who pen their works while imbibing alcohol or another depressant are more prone to write tragedies than someone who prefers stimulants?
I can see where that thought might come from… but I think that the creative mind is influenced more by true emotion and experience than by depressants and stimulants. I can’t deny that there would likely be an effect, but I doubt very highly that it would be an effect on a level that would be highly notable.
It’s more likely that people who are prone to writing tragedies would be the same people who are prone to taking depressants.
That being said… I write a lot of tragic things, and I am a caffeine junkie… so…
You’ve been know to cite Neil Gaiman as an influence, and since he’s my favorite author, I have to ask- what’s your favorite of his works? I personally can never get enough of The Sandman, I read them once every year or two.
Good Omens? Maybe?
I have everything he has in print that I can afford. Most of them in many different editions. I absolutely adore my annotated Sandman hardcover volumes. Ramadan drew me in to the Sandman… and I love it all.
American Gods… Death: The High cost of Living… Death: The Time of Your Life… Smoke and Mirrors…
How can one really pick a favorite?
Too true! How do you feel when readers and reviewers compare you to other authors, whether or not it’s in a complementary way?
I am honored. Well, I have been so far… I have yet to be compared to a writer I don’t like, so…
Sometimes I’m confused by the comparisons, but I’m happy to know my work is being read, so it’s really a win no matter what. Right?
Lastly, you write with an intensity that seems to come from a very real place. How much of your own experiences come into play when you’re working, or do you try to stay away from the known and delve only into things you aren’t personally familiar with? A bit of both perhaps?
I can only imagine that my subconscious processes my personal experience into the stories that it spits out at my conscious mind. I know that a lot of the pain my characters tell me about mirrors pain of my own… so that seems to be sound reasoning. I don’t set out to fictionalize my life, but what else can a writer really write about, besides that which he or she is intimately aware of?
I find that there is little difference in writing male or female voices… the only imperative is that the story right true. That the victories and defeats be emotionally valid. If I can’t identify with the story on a deep level, in one way or another… then how can I really expect it to resonate with anyone else?