Topic: Author Interview
Dwight C. Rounds the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
Dependable, funny, direct
2. How do you think others would describe you?
Same as #1
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
Beatles era music and baseball
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
Three dogs - a Boxer, Scottish Terrier, and a Yorkie/Schnauzer mix
5. What is your most precious memory?
Throwing curve balls in Little League baseball
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Having a ski come off, and take off down the hill, and having to go after it on one ski. (this was before ski brakes) It could have killed someone.
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
Same as now; real estate development and management, investments, some golf and ping pong
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
He always did what he said he would do, and always went out of his way to speak to people. He always thought most obituaries said exactly the same things, which often were sugar coated. Because of that, this is all he wanted written for his obituary.
Dwight C. Rounds the writer:
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
Certainly not in school, when I disliked writing term papers. In my thirties and forties, I began writing about things that interested me, and have collected compilations on many different subjects. I guess I first considered myself a writer, when I started my book about five years ago.
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
I am not writing anything currently, but am spending some time trying to market the book.
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
In the near future, I am not going to have the time to write another book. On my current book, I would like to set up more book signings around the country. Along with the signings, I host a music identification contest that people enjoy. It is only fun when a lot of people show up. I would like to find places where I already know someone who can provide me with an invite list of people about my age who enjoyed that music. Unless I am fairly sure that at least thirty people can show up, I would not schedule one.
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
I would spend about an hour a day writing, and reading and watching videos on the topic most days.
13. Why do you write?
Enjoyment and recognition
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
Bill James, who writes about baseball. He looked at baseball in an entirely different way, causing me to often realize "I never thought of that."
15. How do you define your writing?
Thought provoking, discussion starting, opinionated
16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
If you want to know about the music, and social activities during the Beatles era, this book will tell you all you need to know.
Dwight C. Rounds the details:
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
The Year The Music Died
20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
The book is part reference material and part commentary. It is irreverent, and entertaining for those who have a sense of humor. It is a music book aimed at non musicians, which are most music listeners.
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
There is no one alive who enjoys that era of music more than I do. I have listened to it almost daily for 45 years now, and am constantly watching videos and reading about it.