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Author Interview ~ Johnpaul Mahofski


As many of you know, I spend lots of time in the virtual world, Second Life (and, recently, Kitely, too). Microfiction is More

Lots for a writer to do in these worlds—at a café, library, or even a fishing club—talking about writing or, as writers do, talking about everything else

One of my long-term friends has had three names, so far, for his avatars—Soup Johnson, Relish Resident, and Brokali (trying on personae is often practiced in virtual worlds…).

His real-world name is Johnpaul Mahofski and I’ve done four past posts featuring him and his unique fiction:

Breaking Boundaries ~ Microfiction

Microfiction ~ Revisited

MicroFiction Reprise :-)

And, we had a mini-interview in this post—My Friend ~ Micro-Fiction Writer & Prison Librarian

And, here’s an article about Microfiction, itself.

Those links to Johnpaul’s posts will lead you to some of his stories

So, let’s have a proper interview with this man.

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Would you tell us a little bit about yourself, Johnpaul?

Let’s see I have low self-esteem and suffer from depression and anxiety. I definitly think those two aspects are me. On paper, I am Johnpaul Mahofski, age 43. I’ve been in the taxable workforce since I was 15. Prior to that, I carried newspapers and cleaned offices and, along the way, I’ve earned a B.S. Education, emphasis Mathematics; and, an M.L.I.S. Masters, Library and Information Science.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I read a decent amount, work my day job, fish, and attend church regularly. Oh! And, hang out in virtual worlds

And, the title of our mini-interview revealed that day job as prison librarian—an exemplary service you perform

So, Johnpaul, when did you start writing?

I always enjoyed writing; but, I’d say it was in the early nineties that I penned a column for the college newspaper called Pope’s Thoughts. Little did I know these stories were what I now call microfiction. After that, I earned a bit in journalism (on the side) up until about five years ago—sports reporting, feature writing, local meetings. I did this mostly for Pittsburgh newspapers.

Can you explain your motivations for being a microfictioneer?

I think the best I can say is that short columns and stories are what feels the best. I don’t know about novels for me I love to just punch, hard and quick.

Where do you get your ideas?

I’m a people watcher.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

No, but I do experience laziness.

Are there any particular authors who’ve influenced you?

Charles Dickens, David Barry, David Sedaris, Lydia Davis, Eminem, Biggie, Tupac, Nicholas Sparks—not in that order.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I think when you self publish the only challenge is yourself.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your book or getting it published that you would change?

I feel like I would have done more stories

How do you promote your work?

I haven’t marketed this work yet. (see above—low self-esteem, anxiety, depression {Also see my punctuation.})

Would you say your stories are mostly based on your people-watching or is it also imagination?

Yes, both play hard in these stories.

Do you have any favorite stories in this collection?

No, every little story is important to me.

What project are you working on now?

I’m working on a professional project, an anthology; plus, I’m doing a lot of research about Saints, hoping to write microfiction about them.

What’s been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? Or, what’s been the best compliment?

As a journalist I was often criticized and told “We’ll call you”. It hurt a lot. The best compliment is being interviewed on this blog.

Well, Johnpaul, your best compliment is a compliment for me :-)

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Read, visit your libraries, and write with your eyes closed once a week.

:-)

Thanks, so muchJohnpaul, for an interview that’s let my readers peek into a corner of the mind of a microfiction author…

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10 responses to “Author Interview ~ Johnpaul Mahofski

  1. philipparees January 20, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    An interesting background for a writer. I will await the micro saints with interest.

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  2. libraryassociate January 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you, Philippa. It seems I keep returning to the Saints project above anything else. Many of the saints have wonderful quirky personas that fit micro well.

    I have recommended your interview to many of my facebook friends by the way :) It was quite amazing!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 20, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Quick note for readers—“libraryassociate” is, in fact, Johnpaul Mahofski :-)

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  3. milliethom January 20, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Johnpaul’s answers are so beautifully open and honest. I think many writers suffer from low self-esteem and anxiety, and many are quite shy people. I must try to read some of his short stories.

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    • libraryassociate January 20, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      You comment has lifted me up. What better thing to do for someone in this cool stained world? Thank you!

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  4. Jane Watson January 20, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I really enjoyed your interview, JohnPaul and, as I know you are a very talented writer, I am looking forward to reading this book and the next one… I think the mark of a really good writer is the ability to be authentic and honest and you surely are a writer who is able to do this and also one who can access their inner world. You are not ‘lazy’. That is not the right label for a writer – you think and wait…even while doing the laundry or fishing that is what writers do…:-) I know that the boys in the back room of your mind are always hard at work…:-)

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    • libraryassociate January 20, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      On behalf of myself and the boys in the back room, we love you Jane Watson.

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