When and why did you first start writing?
I started writing as soon as I’d learned to put pen to paper. My very early childhood was one that was happily inundated with stories of all kinds – stories in the books that my siblings read to me, stories my father spoke aloud on long drives, stories on television, and even stories around the dinner table when the family talked about their day. It was only natural for me to invent my own – sometimes just to entertain myself. My early stories (and poems and songs) were most frequently populated by the two things that most fascinated me as a little boy – dogs and monsters.
Who is most supportive about your writing?
I have always been a man blessed by the friendship of good people. My friends are the most supportive – my fellow writers, my online friends, my alumni from Mary Washington College and my classmates from Longwood High School too. There are excellent people in my life who are generous with their time, constructive in their criticism and kind in their comments. Without them, I might not continue to write. And that would be a mercilessly dreary existence.
There are two fellow authors in particular from whom I learn a great deal – Dennis Villelmi and Philippe Atherton-Blenkiron. They’re both superb writers with unique voices and truly authentic messages in their work. They set great examples for me to follow. (Dennis’ poetry is appearing in the 2017 Anthology as well.)
Tell me something about your work published in Peeking Cat Anthology 2017.
“Roanoke Summer Midnight” is a bit of a love letter to Roanoke, Virginia, here in the United States. It is an especially beautiful part of the American South – mountainous and seemingly teeming with fauna. (I have long opined as a transplanted Northerner that the South is rife with opportunities for poetic interpretation.) I was on a midnight walk under a full moon illuminating the Allegheny mountains, and it struck me that this otherworldly beauty simply needed to be conveyed. I knew it defied description, and yet I had to try.
Where do you write? Do you have a writing space or a particular process/routine?
I like to spread out on the floor, pound the soda to which my dentist objects, and blast music on my headphones.
What’s your favourite word?
I have a few. “Variant” is a big one, though I’ve never had occasion to use it in my writing. I tend to like the words for colours, like “iridescent,” “silver,” “scarlet,” “rose” and “burgundy.” I love the Russian words “perestroika,” “krasivaya,” and “simpatichnaya.” (Their loose translations are “openness,” “beautiful” and “cute,” respectively.) I am terrible at learning foreign languages, and I only know a few rudimentary sentences in Russian. (I briefly dated a Russian woman in my 30’s who I was terribly eager to impress, and I took some coaching from a Russian friend of mine.)
What do you find the most difficult or challenging about writing?
What I find most difficult about writing is the same thing that I find the most difficult about life in general – time management. I bought a self-help book about time management once, but I didn’t have time to read it. Then I lost the damned book. (That isn’t a joke. That happened.)
Tell me about the piece of work that you are most proud of writing, or about the writing accomplishment you are most proud of.
There are two poems in particular that garnered the most positive feedback from readers – “Confession” and “hens staring upward.” I believe those are the poems of which I’m proudest. I was lucky to have both of them featured by Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine.
What are your writing plans, goals or dreams for the future?
I would like very much to “return to my roots,” if you’ll forgive the cliché, and write more horror stories. I love writing poetry, but I never really envisioned myself as a poet when I was young. I grew up reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and I was the kid on the block who told the best ghost stories on summer vacations, in that long-ago pre-Internet age when kids gathered under the porch after dark. I would love to eventually make a name for myself as a horror author. It’s what I dreamed about when I was a boy. I will be focusing soon on writing and submitting more science fiction and horror stories.
Eric Robert Nolan’s debut novel is the postapocalyptic science fiction story, “The Dogs Don’t Bark In Brooklyn Any More.” It was published by Dagda Publishing in 2013, and is available at Amazon.com both in paperback and for Kindle. Eric’s poetry and short stories have been featured by Quail Bell Magazine, Dagda Publishing, Every Day Poets, Every Day Fiction, Illumen, Under The Bed, Dead Beats Literary Blog, Microfiction Monday Magazine, Dead Snakes, The Bright Light Cafe, Aphelion, Tales of the Zombie War, The Bees Are Dead, Haikuniverse, Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, The International War Veterans’ Poetry Archive, and elsewhere.