Q&A with Steven Manchester

1. How did you come up with the idea for Twelve Months?
I had just finished a novel, entitled, The Rockin’ Chair (out in 2013) and was happy to take some time off. Two days later, I was in the shower when it hit me! I need to write this book.

2. Tell us a little bit about the main character, Don DiMarco?
Don DiMarco is an ordinary man faced with extraordinary circumstances—having to face his death long before he thought he would have to. He is madly in love with his wife, adores his daughter and spoils his two grandchildren. Don is a good man; the salt of the earth, and must find the courage to truly live.

3. What is your favorite scene in Twelve Months and why?
I have two (sorry): My One of my favorite scenes is when Don makes dinner for his wife—and fails. There’s a lot of lead-up to this and—within his actions—he proves the incredible love that he feels for her. The second scene is actually a chapter that takes place in Martha’s Vineyard. If you read the book, you’ll see what I mean.

4. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are some of the things listed?
- Write a best-seller
- Travel abroad
- Meet my grandchildren

5. What do you hope to say to people with your writing?
I’ve always believed that good writers make people think, while great writers make their readers feel something. I’ve decided to go for the heart. I hope that my readers can feel the impact that I intended.

6. What sort of Starbucks coffee would Don order?
Large decaf—extra, extra (like I said, he’s an ordinary Joe)

7. Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in one of your novels?
Yes—there’s a variation of myself or folks that I love in many of my characters. It’s best to write about what you know, as well as who you know. Thinking about certain people evokes emotion; using that emotion to bring a character to life is essential in successfully pulling it off for the reader.

8. Where is your favorite place to write?
Oddly enough, my dining room at night (no distractions).

9. What's on your bedside table?
My nemesis—the alarm clock, a half empty bottle of Coke Zero, two manuscripts that I promised to finish weeks ago and a copy of Garth Stein’s novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain

10. What is the last book you've read?
It was a re-read, and my all-time favorite—To Kill A Monckingbird

Twelve Months can be purchased:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=steven+manchester+twelve+months
website: http://www.stevenmanchester.com/12months/
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