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Five for: Joseph Ridgwell

By Alan Kelly.


1) Charles Bukowski said “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must live.” How often do you slip in and out of sanity?
I’m bi-polar and suffer from Aspergers and drink like a fish. This can lead to interesting situations. Other than I’m just a regular guy.

2) “Funny how gentle people get with you once you’re dead” is a quote from Sunset Boulevard. How would you like readers to treat you and your work, once you’re dead?
I would like them to house my canon of work in a temple and worship my writing as a deity.

3) What is the longest stretch of time you’ve spent writing without stopping?
Seventy two hours. I was on a speed crack and alcohol combo. I finished 50,000 words, the basis of my first novel, The Drifter. It will never be published. Its my opinion that drugs do not aid creativity and my first novel is stunning proof.


4) What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Being born.

5) Name one period of history where you’d liked to have been present and one person you’d liked to have had at your side.
Mexico, Aztec era, at the arrival of the conquistadors. I would’ve had the treacherous Dona Marina at my side and ideally I would have been Montezuma. I would’ve done a Rambo on Cortes and Mexican history would be completely different.

The Last Days of the Cross by Joseph Ridgwell is published by Grievous Jones Press & is reviewed on 3:AM here.

First posted: Wednesday, November 11th, 2009.

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