RJ was born and raised in. He currently resides in MD, about fifteen minutes away from D.C. For more information, visit his website here.
Your biggest literary influences:
At this point, there are too many to name. It ranges from Euripides to Toni Morrison. Reading Raymond Carver, however, was the big bang for me becoming a writer, so he’ll always have a special place in my heart.
Last book read:
Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm
The book that changed your life:
Consciously, The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Subconsciously (guessing here), The Bible. The first book made me rethink the type of material I wanted to write, and the latter is just always hanging around.
Your favorite literary character:
Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces.
Currently working on:
Myself. I’m actually just trying to get through some short stories that have been in my head for a while and planning out the next novel.
Words to live by:
Advice for aspiring authors:
I don’t think I’m currently in a position to offer any sound advice.