FAQ

Interviews with Joe Klingler:

Missing Mona with Fiona from Authors Interviews—December, 2015
Inspiration and Characters with Deborah—November, 2105
Mash Up with Synchronized Chaos Magazine—July, 2014
The RATS Interview—April, 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: When is your next book coming out?
A: I’m always working on “the next book,” literally, every day. But I’m lousy at predicting when ideas will reach fruition. Please sign up for my The Klingler Kronicles. It’s less-than-monthly, so you won’t hear from me much, but you will know the latest as it happens.

Q: How did you got started as a writer?
A: It began with too many coast-to-coast airplane trips, and an idea that wouldn’t stop telling me to write a novel about it. I talk more about my transition from software engineer to writer in an interview about my first novel, RATS, available here.

Q: What’s the first thing you ever wrote?
A: A book report on Catcher in the Rye that I wrote in the voice of the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, as if he were reviewing the book. My teacher was quite supportive after she stopped laughing. I recently saw on Wikipedia that Catcher has sold over 65 million copies, so I’m not alone in appreciating its raw wisdom.

Q: What prompted you to write RATS?
A: I read a story about a 4-year old child who found a piece of war ordnance. He wanted to see it explode so he repeatedly threw it against a piece of plywood leaning against a building. Eventually it went off and damaged him for life.

Q: You came to writing from software engineering? That seems unusual.
A: Many engineers are big readers, especially of novels that include cause-effect connectivity: mysteries, thrillers, science fiction. We care about how life can be enhanced by inventing new technology.

Q: Your detective mystery Mash Up is, well, a mash up of a lot of stuff: technology, Silicon Valley, college musicians. How did it come about?
A: I was working as a software executive and a good friend wore a T-shirt to work with the Napster logo on it. I mentioned the word copyright and we were off to the races. It got me thinking about the entire ecosystem of creative work in the digital age.

Q: Your third novel is called Missing Mona. What can you tell us about the inspiration for Mona?
A: At a writer’s conference I heard a best-selling author talk about books he had written decades ago, and how people walk up to him and ask why such-and-such a character doesn’t have a cell phone. Of course, there were no cell phones when the book was written. He lamented a bit about how there was more possiblity for personal interaction when people weren’t always glued to cell phones. That got me thinking about young people today, and the technology choices they are making. One thing led to another and I decided to try a mystery novel in the first person. Tommy Cuda, his grandfather’s car, and the mysterious redheaded Mona, are the result.