Official Website: theodoreficklestein.com
Theodore Ficklestein is an author, blogger and poet. His books include This Book Needs A Title Volumes 1 and 2 and I Killed the Man Who Wrote This Book. His first novel Day In The Life will be published by Gen Z Publishing in 2017. His multiple blogs include This Blog Needs Sports, This Blog Needs Poetry and This Blog Needs Movies.
A Day in the Life Synopsis
A Day In The Life is Theodore Ficklestein’s debut novel about Nickolas Cripp, a college student finding his way in the world. Although Nick won’t admit it, he is the main focus to a young adult book that follows him from his home to college to the city, where he wants to attend an open mic.
Along his path, he encounters a teacher who asks about the apocalypse, a drunk on the train and two friends who feel writing isn’t Nick’s strong point, among others. Nick soon finds out that the funniest things in life aren’t that funny at all, and the greatest comedians never go up on stage.
As he goes through his day, one oddball character at a time, Nick starts to question if the comedy club he dreams of being in, is really for him. Should he be who he wants to be? Or who the world thinks he should be? Neither of which, he is entirely sure about.
A personal journey of self-discovery through the eyes of a youth yearning for meaning in a meaningless world; Nick learns that in life, the joke is on you.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
On reviewer of my latest book book mentioned how my bio doesn’t include much about myself, and I think that is a good reflection on how I am. I don’t really like to talk much of myself, I’d rather do something. Alot of people can talk about how great they are and what amazing things they did and then what happens? You find out they really suck and were full of shit the whole time. Bios have a funny way of lying to people without meaning to. If you were to meet me, I’d probably not even tell you about my books. That’s how I always was, and I don’t see any reason to change that mentality.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
My latest book is called A Day In The Life and is being published by Gen Z Publishing. It is a young adult book about a college student finding his way in the world. As I told others, if you didn’t like Harry Potter and never cared much for The Hunger Games, then you will like this book.
I was in the college lobby one day when I thought that a book about the confusion a college student feels while attending the school and what the school presents the student should do about that misdirection would be an interesting read.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
I started writing stories in high school and I found that I enjoyed them quite a lot. Shortly after that I knew I wanted to be a writer.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I have an office where I write my stories and poems. I used to go to places like a cafe to write to change things up instead of always writing in the office, but then I would get caught up with doing something around the office and I’d end up staying there instead.
I need quiet to write what I feel is my better work. I don’t like when there is music or the television on when I’m writing. I feel I can get more in-depth with whatever I’m writing when I can fully focus on it. My friend recently told me how students in his class listen to music as they write. That concept really confuses me. I don’t ever remember hearing about Shakespeare writing while listening to some tunes.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I get my ideas from information that I already know about and make them my version of a story that I want to tell. I don’t write about topics that are unfamiliar with me. That may seem obvious but I don’t think some writers do that.
As much as I view writing as a creative process, I also see it as a methodical systematic process. I slowly am putting together a puzzle, putting a character trait here, a few bits of dialogue here and then at the end, it all makes a story. An outsider only thinks of writing as only some intuitive skill, but I don’t.
What do you like to read?
I like classics, or books that can teach me something. I guess that is understandable after mentioning how what I know affects my writing. I am trying to read more of the classics than when I was younger, and to know them for my own sake, not because I have a test on them. As a writer I feel an obligation to read others in the past. Ignoring them would be disrespectful to those who have tried to the same thing I am doing today. Also if I don’t read the past today, what makes me think others will read me in the future?
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring authors in regards to writing?
I would repeat the words that someone told me. “Have no backup plan. Writing is the only plan.” If you really think you can do this professionally and not as a hobby and are willing to devote most of your time and effort to this, then really do it. Don’t half ass it. You have to love literature and writing. If you are in this for the money or fame then you are in the wrong field. Be an actor, if you want to be popular. Be a writer, if you want to actually write.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Anyone interested in reading more of my work should check out my website.