About Daren Krupa
A native of New York State Krupa grew up in Phoenix and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, waiter and telemarketer. At least a dozen novels have presented themselves throughout his life. Such a Nice Boy is the second he wrote and the first to be published. Krupa lives in the Sonoran desert. You can visit him at SuchaNiceBoy.com
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Q: Thank you for this interview, Daren. Can you tell us what your latest book, Such a Nice Boy, is all about?
A: A man leads a gay life because he’s afraid of his feelings for women. He meets a woman and her infant son.
Q: Is this your first novel? If not, how is writing this novel different from writing your first?
A: Such a Nice Boy is my second novel. I wrote it seventeen years after my first. Having written a first novel is a big difference. Maturity is another difference; I was 35 when I started my first novel, 55 when I began my second. But MS Word (versus a typewriter the first time) is the biggest difference.
Q: How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?
A: Writing Such a Nice Boy was more difficult than I ever imagined but it was also fun, and I discovered I was meant to write fiction. Writer’s block was never an issue. I’m sure I had it but I didn’t concern myself with it. I knew the words would come. I did other stuff until I was ready to write again.
Q: How have your fans embraced your latest novel? Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?
A: I’m a debut author six weeks into publication. I’m not sure if I have any fans yet. The media like the press releases. I don’t think that makes them fans of the book though.
Q: What is your daily writing routine?
A: I like to start 4-6 a.m. I take breaks to make meals, do errands and keep appointments. I keep writing into the evening. Sometimes I have to make myself stop and go to sleep.
Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?
A: I relax when I’m writing, but to answer your question I see friends, do projects around the house and travel occasionally.
Q: What book changed your life?
A: The Catcher in the Rye at age thirteen. Naked Lunch at age seventeen. The City and the Pillar and Palimpsest at age fifty five.
Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?
A: I never thought about it, not even a memoir. How about He Decided He Wouldn’t Decide.
Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”
A: I’m a dedicated slacker. I say I’m an author to sound respectable.
Thank you for this interview Daren. I wish you much success on your latest release, Such a Nice Boy!