Welcome, Jerome Mark Antil.
How would you describe your writing style in only three words?
Jerome: Lighthearted, Nostalgia, Family.
If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?
Jerome: In my book series – The Pompey Hollow Book Club – my characters are all real people – some combined in nature, some standing alone. The tales and adventures are based on some foundation of truth – getting taller in the telling. My historical backdrops are painstakingly researched and detailed for accuracy…typically about the family farm country in the shadows of WWII. Add to that the fact, I grew up in that time.
If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which one would it be? Would you be a central character or simply watch the story unfold from the sidelines?
Jerome: I am a central character in my series – so I would enjoy staying that person. He’s a lad who moved from a city, at the age of nine, to a heavily wooded, farm area — and who seemed to constantly trip into new experiences and adventures just learning how to cope.
Dead or alive literary dinner party: who would you invite, and what would you serve?
Jerome: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; John Steinbeck; Ernest Hemingway; Dwight David Eisenhower and Winston Churchill. I would serve brandy…and sit and listen.
If you had to write in a different genre which would it be and why?
Jerome: I call my work historical fiction – lighthearted nostalgia. I suppose I would like to create a Holmes or a Poirot or Mrs. Fisher. I enjoy a tangled web of surprises.
What do you dislike the most about being an author?
Jerome: That I didn’t begin many years ago…although I wouldn’t have been properly aged for the task, I suppose.
Jerome Mark Antil was in the chair: Author of the YA series – The Pompey Hollow Book Club. The Long Stem is in the Lobby, (memoir) & A Handbook for Weekend Dad’s (non-fiction). Published by Little York Books.