Q&A

Where do you get your ideas?

I wish I could tell you that I found some good ones on eBay. But, actually, I don’t know where they come from. They just seem to pop into my head. I have always, however, kept articles and random notes for ideas that seem vaguely interesting at the time, so a few writing subjects may trace back to something I read or jotted down weeks or months or years before.
What were your favorite books growing up?
My first favorite books were the Mushroom Planet Series by Eleanor Cameron. I just happened on one by chance at the local library, and was thoroughly captivated by the combination of science fiction, fantasy and sheer playfulness of the stories of the eccentric Mr. Bass and his flights to the Mushroom Planet.
Where did you get the idea for Whiskers’ Pond?
Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the woods and around ponds and streams. My favorite outdoor activity was catching critters – particularly, reptiles and amphibians – turtles, salamanders, lizards and snakes. So, I’m sure that had a lot to do with my choice of subject matter.
Where did you get the idea for Cat Horoscopes & Other Diversions?
Cat Horoscopes was a collection of some of the humor articles I wrote over the years that were published in regional newspapers. I have more than 300 of these articles, so there may be another book of them sometime in the future. Also, some will be appearing on this website. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Do you have a writing routine? If so, what is it?
I begin each day with a cup of coffee and a big ol’ slice of humble pie. (I always have one on hand, and they’ll keep longer than a fruitcake.) I try to write something every day, even if it seems worthless at the time. That way, I always have something the next day to review and revise, which is usually easier than starting from scratch. 
Do you have any kids?
The lovely Mrs. Borengasser and I have one son, Pete, who teaches English Literature at Middle Tennessee State University and knows most of Firesign Theatre’s Further Adventures of Nick Danger (Cut 'Em Off at the Past) by heart. He can also quote extensively from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which makes for great road trips. 
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