Wow, Kudo’s to Mr. Lauden for another great interview. Now I can’t wait to read Mr. Rensin’s book on Miki Dora.
I can so relate to it all, since I grew up in So. Cal, with a brother who lived to surf, basically two, three times a day, every day, and who had the same frame of mind with regards to the crowds in the waves as Dora did.
Especially laughed hard when he said that Dora would literally toss them on their boards if they got in his way!
Oh, Rensin gives some solid tips on co-writing for new authors. too.
Another terrific interview, Mr. Lauden. Keep em’ coming!
What: Author and co-author of sixteen books, seven of them New YorkTimes bestsellers. They include: ALL FOR A FEW PERFECT WAVES, the oral/narrative biography of legendary rebel surfer Miki Dora; THE MAILROOM, an oral history of what it’s like to start at the bottom in show business reaching for the top, and DEVIL AT MY HEELS and DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T GIVE IN—both with Louis Zamperini.
Where: Ventura, CA
Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.
Your oral history of Miki Dora’s life, ALL FOR A FEW PERFECT WAVES, is the definitive portrait of the legendary surfer. How would you explain Miki Dora to somebody who has never heard of him before? How did your opinion of him change researching and writing the book?
Miki Dora personified the rebel heart of surfing. He was king of Malibu when that break was queen in the 50s…
Late last year I interviewed Ian Rose, founder of a short fiction website called QuarterReads. If you haven’t checked QuarterReads out yet, it’s a pretty cool site where writers can publish short fiction without an involved submission process. Readers can read those stories for only 25 cents a pop, as the name implies. Most of that money goes to the writer. Here’s what Rose had to say about it in our interview at the time:
How is QuarterReads different from short fiction magazines/e-zines?
QuarterReads is different because we’re trying to carve out a space between the magazines and the self-pub community. The former has great quality but a limited scope and focus, determined largely by the wonderful editors that run those markets. The latter has more in terms of quantity than you could ever want, but lacks even the most basic quality control, allowing for the complete range from dreck to…