A BIT ABOUT SK BERIT
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I still have it. Third grade, I believe it was.
2. How many books have you written?
One so far. The Little Book of Big Roolz, which came out in November.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Rape is right out. Nope, not going to write about that shit. Let somebody else cover it.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I identify as chronologically 60 but my emotional age is fluid. I can be dead serious with one breath and make double entendres with the next. Maybe ‘dynamic’ is a better term. I wouldn’t say ‘volatile’ fits. Nope. Not in the least.
I am divorced, lo these past five years, after a good long stretch of marriage. Two adult daughters who exceed me in every category.
I also dabble in art and photography, spent my formative years shuffling between the stage, various sporting competitions, and the outdoors.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Honestly, it was my mother. She was a self-taught stage director who wrote original scripts. I would sit on a pillow next to the dining table while she clacked out page after page on the cast iron Royal. We didn’t have much at all, but we had a small bookcase and I couldn’t wait to grow old enough to go to school and learn to read so I could unlock the secrets within the pages of the mysterious volumes.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to drive to new places. Adventures can be found damn near anywhere, if you look, if you leave the familiar roads, if you turn your curiosity loose. Going to someplace I’ve been before but, say, in the snow counts as new. Storms and weather are great. Every great adventure has weather, have you noticed?
My brain begins to atrophy if I see the same things every fucking day.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Oh, yes. I very quickly send it to my editor.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
Pink Floyd is good writing music, maybe the best. Non-intrusive, calming, and it opens up the mind.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I hope that my writing continues to evolve and grow every time out. My writing voice certainly has.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I had an actual dream shortly after the book was released where I was on stage at the curtain call for a show. It was built around the book, which seems ridiculous. It’s a fucking self-help book, for gawd’s sake. But I think it can happen. I think I can come up with stage-worthy material.
12. Where do you live?
In the Seattle area.
One bully rescue baby girl. She makes me laugh every damn day. Not many things do at present, so that’s very welcome.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I love getting emotional reactions from the readers. It might be even more important, and challenging, with non-fiction. If you don’t get the reader involved, she will simply move on to something more compelling.
15. What is coming next for you?
The Little Book of More Big Roolz is in the works. It will have lots of fresh shit, I mean, ideas.
16. Where do you get your ideas?
For the Roolz, it typically comes down to observing a pattern of behavior, either in myself or others, and asking why people do that.
You see and hear people asking the same question, but they don’t really want answers. They want to express exasperation at the unknowable. But the answers are there, if you dig into it.
The best ideas for fiction come from constraints, from limiting the possibilities. Not, as you might think, from having every possible avenue open. If I asked you to write a story in 30 minutes, you’d spend 20 coming up with an idea but if I said it had to be about a talking pipe wrench, you would be off to the races within a minute.