Coffee and Conversation with James Proimos

Is it Friday already?  Thank goodness! It’s been a scorcher in the entire region and the weekend promises to be cooler.

One more reason to be thankful – We have another author interview, this time with the amazing James Proimos!

James Proimos may have THE HUNGER GAMES dedicated to him, but he has written and/or illustrated over twenty critically acclaimed books of his own. He has also sold screenplays, created television shows and been a literary agent. James has had two books published this year – THE BEST BIKE RIDE EVER and KNUCKLE AND POTTY DESTROY HAPPY WORLD. He recently started Welcome Literary, LLC, a book development company that creates short, smart books.

Welcome to the cybercafe, Jim!  Make yourself comfortable. We have your favorite coffeehouse beverage and snack waiting for you.

A cup of espresso

And guacamole

Now that you’re settled into the blog comfy chair, let’s get started. First, what was your favorite book as a child? 

Guinness Book of World Records

I have to admit, that was one of the most checked out books in the school library where I worked! So, when did you decide to be a writer?

When did you decide to ask questions? Seriously, when I got tired of illustrating everything.

There’s that famous Proimos humor! I’ve been asking questions my whole life. Here’s another – what is your favorite writing how-to book, technique, or website that have helped you improve your craft or provide inspiration?

ON WRITING by Stephen King

Great book! Where’s your favorite place to work?

A coffee shop

How were you inspired to write your current or upcoming release?

For my picture book, THE BEST BIKE RIDE EVER, it was a drawing by Johanna Wright, the eventual illustrator of this book.

If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living?  

Exactly what I am doing now.

You’ve been locked in a bank vault like the man from Twilight Zone, so you finally have time to read! Your glasses remain unharmed, (whew,) so what’s the first book you crack open?

Guinness Book of World Records

Of course.

For one day, time travel is a reality and you have the opportunity to visit any famous deceased author you want. Who do you pick?

Kurt Vonnegut.

You magically find a $100 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it?

Guacamole. A lot of it.

Have you ever read a book that inspired you?

Every ten sentences. I’m constantly being inspired.

What is your favorite quote? “I don’t see her much since she started with horses.” – Jonathan Richman

If you could sum up your best advice for new writers in only four words, what would they be?

Don’t think too much.

Okay, that’s advice I need to take more often.

Time for the lightning round—no more than four words per answer!

Do you . . .

Outline or wing it? Three sentence outline

Talk about works-in-progress, or keep it zipped? Talk

Sell by proposal or completed draft? Depends

Prefer writing rough drafts or editing? Neither

Dread marketing/blogging or love it? Don’t do it.

Read Kindle or traditional books? Traditional

And finally, what’s your favorite:

Time to work? Morning

Music to listen to while writing? Doesn’t matter.

Writing tool? Ipad

Pair of shoes? Yes

Guiltiest pleasure? Guinness Book of World Records

And Line from a movie? “I wrote a hit play! (pause.) And I’m in love with you.” – Max Fischer

Thanks so much for stopping by, Jim!  Best of luck with your current releases.

And by the way, love your humor.


About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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3 Responses to Coffee and Conversation with James Proimos

  1. It was fun getting to know James. Thanks for the interview!

  2. Pam says:

    Guacamole with a Guinness sounds delicious. Oh, he meant the book. I can’t wait to hear James talk at the conference! Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Pingback: Coffee & Conversation with Christine Peterson! « As the Eraser Burns

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