General / Literary Fiction
Date Published: July 18, 2015
Maxwell Ruth, a cantankerous, old high school history teacher falls down his basement stairs and soon thereafter starts hearing “The Words” over and over again---endingtimeendingtimeendingtime. His life is changed forever.
In this story we learn about the lives, loves, and losses of Max, Hargrove and Gwen Stinson, Beth and Bob Hazelwood, and Constance Young. They are lively, funny, at times; a little bit lost or wounded, yet resilient and hopeful. They are wrestling with life’s most challenging issues, including, abuse, loss, infidelity, aging, secrecy and what gives life meaning. And, like all of us, they would like more, more time to find the answers to life’s most important questions. The clock, though, is always ticking and time is always short.
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
I have already had two careers. I began as a Presbyterian minister working in a small, country church years ago. I then went back to school and entered the field of mental health, becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist and getting a PhD in psychologist. The lion’s share of my mental health career was spent as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. I did a lot of writing in that role, including two professional books. I also did some creative nonfiction writing, which stoked my interest in fiction. It wasn’t until 2000, though, that I tried my hand at long fiction. Since then I have written and published five novels: Darkness is as Light (2005), Pumpkin Hill (2007), Charlie No Face (2011), Chimney Bluffs (2012) and most recently, More More Time (July 2015). I retired in 2010, which has given me more time to pursue what is more a passion than a career.
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
There is always a point midway through a book, when I wonder if I’ve lost my way. I don’t know exactly how the book will end, and I am usually facing important plot decisions. It’s anxiety provoking, but also stimulating. The ‘not-knowing’ aspect of writing is often the most creative part of the process.
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
Oddly enough, academic writing provided an excellent foundation for writing fiction. It taught me how to persist and be (a little) patient, since the writing projects often take a year or more. It also taught me how to be a disciplined writer; how to create a routine; how to set and keep deadlines. I worked with other excellent writers and talented editors who taught me a lot about the craft.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
While working through the editing and publishing process, I always start a new novel. This time was no different. I have written almost 100 pages of a story that will be entitled “Parrot Talk.”
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I am always reading, usually fiction, but history, autobiography and other nonfiction, as well. I just finished “Go Set a Watchman,” the novel written by Harper Lee before she wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird.” She was twenty-six at the time her editor recommended she take parts of “Watchman,” and refocus the book. She did, and it became the monumentally successful and influential novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” I think her publisher made a mistake by publishing “Watchman.” It is only first-draft quality and Ms. Lee did no editing work on it due to her advanced age. Nevertheless, it was interesting to see what she was trying to do in her first novel.
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#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? --- Chocolate
#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? --- Mashed
#4 – Comedy or Drama? --- Dramedy
#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? --- Neither!!
#6 – Fantasy or Reality? --- Reality (it’s fantastic enough!)
#7 – Call or Text? --- Text
#8 – Public School or Home School? --- Public
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate --- Chai
#10 – eBook or Paperback? --- Paperback
David B. Seaburn served a rural country parish, worked in community mental health, was an assistant professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center for twenty years, and also directed a free public school-based family counseling center before his retirement in 2010. He has written five novels: More More Time (2015), Chimney Bluffs (2012), Charlie No Face (2011—Finalist in General Fiction, National Indie Excellence Awards), Pumpkin Hill (2007), and Darkness is as Light (2005). He and his wife live near Rochester, NY. They have two adult daughters and two wonderful granddaughters.
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