Interview with Kenny Luck, author of ‘Thumbing Through Thoreau’

Kenny Luck is a graduate student at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Political Science from the same institution. He writes for The Weekender – an arts and entertainment weekly – and is currently working on his second book. He enjoys recording music, book browsing, and travel.  You can visit his website at www.thumbingthroughthoreau.com.

Thumbing Through Thoreau is his debut book.

Q: Thank you for this interview, Kenny. Can you tell us what your latest book, Thumbing Through Thoreau is all about?

My book is a collection of quotations from the American naturalist writer Henry David Thoreau. The book was conceived nearly four years ago, and it was published last month by Tribute Books.

Q: How difficult was it writing your book?  Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?

Putting this book together involved hours of tedious library work, information gathering, and research. I never experienced a “block” per se; moreover, I had a clear vision of what I wanted to do. There are moments, I suppose, when you question your purpose. That did happen a few times.

Q: How have your fans embraced your latest novel?  Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?

Overall, the reception has been positive. The book is available online and has been getting a lot of press which is surprising, considering that this is a quote book from an author who has been dead for over 150 years. I just started doing signings, so there are not any worthwhile examples I could discuss regarding fan reception. However, I hope that there will be soon.

Q: What is your daily writing routine?

Like most busy people, I do not have a set time I put aside for writing. Although I am very committed to the craft, I usually fit it in when I can. Sometimes I will write every day for several weeks, and then I take some time off to catch my breath.

Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?

I love reading. I love hiking. I try to do things to stay healthy and active, especially in the summer months. And when I can afford it, I love to travel. To me all of these things are part of integrating a healthy lifestyle.

Q: What book changed your life?

Obviously I would cite Walden; or Life in the Woods by Thoreau. Yet other books like Kerouac’s On the Road are illustrative. To be honest, I am drawn more to non-fiction than novels, although there are a lot of great novels I love such as 1984 and Siddhartha.

Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?

As Luck Would Have It: Reflections on a Life Lived

Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”

…that, despite my seemingly detached domineer, I am really an optimist at heart.

Thank you for this interview Kenny.  I wish you much success on your latest release, Thumbing Through Thoreau!

Debut author Kenny Luck’s ‘Thumbing Through Thoreau’ makes perfect coffee table book

Thumbing Through Thoreau 2On July 4, 1845, when Henry David Thoreau moved into his cabin on the shores of Walden Pond, he was probably unaware that his abode in the woods, and the impact and influence of that endeavor, would forever echo through time. Thoreau was an uncompromising idealist; an ardent maverick who criticized his fellow man. He urged that men and women ought to live more simply, and more deliberately. “The mass of men,” he famously wrote, “lead lives of quite desperation.” Yet the scope of Thoreau’s message is much wider than social criticism. He speaks of spiritual transcendence in Nature and the unbounded potential of the individual. Thoreau is a dreamer and he speaks to dreamers. In a word, shun dogmatism and demagoguery; see beyond the immediate conventional religious explanations to reap a higher understanding. In our commodified contemporary American society, with the rise of religious intolerance and fundamentalism, materialism and mass consumerism, Thoreau’s message is needed now more than ever. Author Kenny Luck has thumbed through Thoreau’s voluminous journals, correspondences and other publications to make this the most comprehensive collection of Thoreau aphorisms available.

This is the exciting premise of Kenny Luck’s new inspirational coffee table book, Thumbing Through Thoreau – A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau (Tribute Books).

Kenny Luck is a graduate student at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Political Science from the same institution. He writes for The Weekender – an arts and entertainment weekly – and is currently working on his second book. He enjoys recording music, book browsing, and travel. You can visit his website at www.thumbingthroughthoreau.com.

Thumbing Through Thoreau is his debut book.

Kenny will be on virtual book tour June 1 – 25 ’10. Visit his official tour page at Pump Up Your Book to find out more about his new inspirational coffee table book, Thumbing Through Thoreau.

Amazon or Barnes & Noble are the best way to obtain your copies, although it will be available to order in most bookstores.