20 Questions with Nick Orsini

1. So, what’s your book all about?

Fingerless Gloves http://apostrophebooks.com/fingerlessgloves/ is a story about being in your mid-20’s, but never actually feeling like a grown up. Anton is a guy who’s held on to feelings and habits for far too long, and even though he does adult things like pay bills, pay rent, etc… he is still very stunted. This changes on the night that his best friend, James, is taken away to the hospital under mysterious circumstances. In Anton’s quest, that night, to go person-to-person trying to figure out what happened to James, he learns how to cope with loss and letting things go. From ex-girlfriends to seedy drug dealers, all these characters come out of the woodwork to teach Anton something.

2. What inspired you to write this tale?

I was living on my own, in my first post-college apartment right outside of New York City, and I was still doing these things I thought I had to do in order to keep from growing up/getting older. I was constantly fighting against the notion of being a certain age and trying to put pieces in place for a successful future. I had to find some balance in all of it. When I wrote Anton, at his heart, he’s got a real desire to see the best parts of his life, but it gets muddled by what’s right in front of his face. I felt like that too.

3. Do you have a favorite quote about creativity/inspiration etc…? What is it?

I think Jack Kerouac said it best in On The Road: “I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” To me, that’s about knowing how to keep your eyes ahead of you, with a reverence for the past, but embracing the feeling of letting go of certain things.

4. What things do you keep in your “writing space”? Do they inspire you? Confound you? Hold wires in place?

In my writing space is a lot of letters, action figures, posters, clothes … it really is a mess. I keep it filled with pictures and reminders of places I’ve been and people I’ve known. When I feel uninspired, I look to those things to remind me of how good I’ve had it.

5. What is your perfect “writing space”?

My room in my apartment. It’s never got overhead lights on, and is choked by these trinkets and reminders of where I’ve been.

6. If your car horn could play any song, which would it be? Can’t say Dixie.

My car horn would play “Two Tickets to Paradise” by Eddie Money.

7. What would you name the first permanent settlement on mars?

The Village … just so we can take some of the negativity off of the M. Night Shyamalan film.

8. How tall is the perfect sidekick? Please explain why it even matters.

I’m not very tall, only about 5’6’’ … so my perfect sidekick would probably be about 6 feet tall, just so we could be an odd couple. I think it does matter! Your sidekick says a lot about you. Look at Robin, the quintessential sidekick to Batman. Robin is a symbol of youth, loss, eagerness, anger … all the things Batman has either lost or learned to repress. Your sidekick has to be your anthesis.

9. If you were to mess with the time stream, what would you change? Let’s assume a hundred other people already took care of Hitler so you don’t have to say, “Kill Hitler.”

I would go back to the 1992 Olympics and make The Dream Team vs. Lithuania the gold medal game.

10. Let’s say your character has a pet brown bear. What’s the bear’s name?

The bear’s name is Battery. I’ve been wanting to name something, a character, a dog, Battery for the longest time.

11. If you had to give an antagonist an annoying trait, what would it be?

I think, in Fingerless Gloves, when you see Vin Thomas, he isn’t an antagonist, but he’s passive aggressive … that’s the worst thing someone can be.

12. What kind of car would your ultimate protagonist drive?

He would drive a Ford Escape!

13. You’ve got a year to travel anywhere. Where?

I think I would like to see Spain. I’ve never been there, and all I’ve heard about it recently makes it seem like this ultimate destination. I’d go there.

14. You just bought a boat with your book fortune. What are you going to call it?

The Fire Sale, after the epic Tobias scene from Arrested Development.

15. What kind of music, if any, gets you typing the fastest?

Pop punk really gets me typing. I like it because it’s simple, relatable, and it’s usually full of these big ideas that you can personalize.

16. What’s the punch line to your favorite joke?

My uncle tells me jokes all the time. He’ll call me up to tell me jokes … and now, here we are and I can’t remember one of them. I feel ashamed.

17. What lyric do you sing poorly, yet loudly?

Any Taking Back Sunday lyric, particularly from Ghost Man on Third … one time I was maybe just a bit stoned, and waiting on the line to go to the movies, and I just kept humming, then singing, “This is what living like this does!”

18. You find a portal to another world in your sink’s drain. What is this other world called? And what is the best way to clean the portal so it doesn’t smell like old food?

The other world is called Harpoon City (just because it sounds like a comic book city) and the best way to clean the drain? I’m a Windex with vinegar type of person … you spray it, then wipe it down, and it gets clean and smells like you just cooked something or made a salad.

19. Where can people learn more about you, your work or any pets you have?

If people want to learn about Nick Orsini unfiltered, then they should follow my Twitter ( HYPERLINK “http://www.twitter.com/nickorsiniwww.twitter.com/nickorsini) …things get kind of weird on there. I like it.

Links to buy Fingerless Gloves:
Amazon USA:  http://www.amazon.com/Fingerless-Gloves-ebook/dp/B009K4U6UG
Amazon UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fingerless-Gloves-ebook/dp/B009K4U6UG
iBookstore USA: http://goo.gl/txhCn
iBookstore UK: http://goo.gl/3vK7n
Kobo USA:  http://goo.gl/uVtsi
Kobo UK:  http://goo.gl/uVtsi

Links to find out more about Fingerless Gloves:
On Apostrophe Books: http://apostrophebooks.com/fingerlessgloves
On Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16064385-fingerless-gloves
On Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/FingerlessGlovesByNickOrsini
On Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/apostrophebooks/fingerless-gloves-by-nick-orsini/

20. What’s next?

More poems to be written and novels to finish. I’ve started (and am about ¼ of the way done with the rough draft) my third book. I also work in advertising in New York City, so I’m always making fun things.

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