Warren Friedman

FAQ

Q. Have you always wanted to write?
A. Yes. As a kid I wrote "Warren's Sickies" which was a collection of bad jokes that got torn up by a classmate. 
     That was my first attempt at writing. Since then, I have written songs,children stories, and a pilot for a sitcom,
      but THE CHICAGO CAP MURDERS is the first work that has ever been published.

Q. Who has influenced you in the past?
A. I have come to appreciate motivational speakers, and two come to mind; Jim Rohn, who said, "If you will change,
    everything will change for you."; and Michael Jeffries, who said, "Don't die with the music still inside you."
    I decided to take both of them up on their advice.

Q.Who are your role models?
A. My dad, who never missed a game or practice that I participated in. He always did the best he could do, and he
     insisted that I do the same. He was my greatest supporter and the go-to guy in our family. If someone needed
     a job, or money, or a favor, everyone came to Big Morry! Oh,and my brothers, who always have my back.

Q. Who are your heroes?
A.  In sports, I'd have to say Jim Brown and Rocky Colavito. In life, I'd choose my in-laws, who were holocaust
     survivors but were filled with love, not bitterness, until the day they died, and a dear friend who is a heart
     transplant recipient yet plays tennis, golf, is a downhill skier and lives every day to the fullest.

Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A.  Harlan Coben, James Patterson, Dan Brown, John Grisham, and Michael Connelly are my most enjoyable reads.

Q. What's in store for the future?
A. Well, I have two more murder/mysteries with Slats Grodsky, a sports/romantic comedy, a sci-fi, a biography of a
    relatively unknown man, a political mystery, and a series of children's books.

Q. Don't you want to be known for a genre, like murder/mystery?
A. The funny thing is, I really can't help it that I have these stories in my head. I want to get them out of my brain
     and into print before I do anything else. After I write those, the readers might help me decide where my strengths
     lie.

Q. What is your greatest strength?
A.  I visualize things. As a kid, I always saw myself as a high school and college athlete, and I became one. And
     though I fit the mold at the time of a "dumb jock", when I began to visualize myself as a pharmacist I made that
     happen as well. Over the last two years, all I thought about was becoming a published author, and look what
     transpired. Like Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”

Q. What method did you use to write THE CHICAGO CAP MURDERS?
A.  It's like building a house; before you can put up the dry wall you have to have the studs, and once you have the
     dry wall up, you can paint and hang the pictures, right?  Through trial and error, I discovered that I absolutely,
     positively, unequivocally had to have an outline of the story from start to finish. Once that was done, plot
     development and characters got painted and hung on the wall.

Q. Where do your characters and ideas come from?
A.  If we all examine our own lives, we will find they are defined episodes made up of amazing experiences,
     characters and morals. I definitely took bits and pieces from the chapters of my life and blended them into
     the story I wanted to create.

Q. Why did you pick Chicago instead of Cleveland for your book?
A. Ha! I see what you're getting at. The Indians franchise has not won a World Series since 1948. But you have
    to go back even forty years before that to read about a Chicago Cubs championship. That is real futility, and yet,
    those fans....have you ever gone to a game and seen those fans? Cubs fans are amazing, Wrigley is
    amazing...Wrigleyville is amazing. My dream Series would be the Indians vs. the Cubs two years in a row, with
    each team winning one.

Q. What do you like most about being a writer?
A. I like the fact that I can take a blank piece of paper, or a blank computer screen, and create something out
    of nothing; to develop characters and a story where there was none with intricate plots and subplots and twists
    and turns and back stories and have it all touch someone in some way where they were glad that they read my
    story.

Q. What do you not like about being a writer?
A.  The loneliness. I'm a people person, but when you are writing, you must do it alone. When the ideas are flowing,
     you don't notice that there is no one around. I mean, you have your characters to keep you company. But when
    the ideas don't flow, you feel a sense of abandonment.
    
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