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Author Questions and Answers

FYI: Here is the list of questions my editor asked me to answer as new bonus material in the August 2015 reissue of “Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial.” For me, it is easier to write about anything other than myself, but in the end I found the process stimulating and even fun: What did you want to be when you grew up? When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What’s your most embarrassing childhood memory? What’s your favorite childhood memory? As a young person, who did you look up to most? What was your favorite thing about school? What were your hobbies as a kid? What are your hobbies now? What book is on your nightstand now? How did you celebrate publishing your first book? What inspired you to write Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts? What was the research process like? What was the most difficult part about writing this book? Where do you write your books? What challenges do you face in the writing process, and how do you overcome them? What was your favorite book when you were a kid? Do you have a favorite book now? Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to get back on track? What do you want readers to remember about your books? What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment? What would your readers be most surprised to learn about you?

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