Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
Greg Hickey was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1985 and raised in Winnetka. After graduating from Pomona College in 2008, he played and coached baseball in Sweden and South Africa. He is now a forensic scientist, endurance athlete and award-winning writer. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay.
How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?
I started writing Our Dried Voices in 2008, but I attempted my first novel over summer vacation during middle school. That one didn’t work out as well as Our Dried Voices.
How do you find inspiration?
It’s almost always from reading, whether novels, non-fiction or current events. Most of my work is inspired from some small part of something I’ve read that I can expand into new ideas and stories.
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?
I outline a lot beforehand, which seems to make it easier when I sit down to actually write the story since most of the framework is already in place.
What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?
I read a lot of fiction and try to balance contemporary authors with the classics. I also try to mix in a little Philosophy and other non-fiction. My favorite author is Ayn Rand.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently editing my second novel, a gamebook about free will and determinism.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
the power of flight
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind of music?
I don’t. I like music, but I find it distracting when I’m trying to concentrate on writing.
Who is your favorite villain?
Michael Corleone from The Godfather movies, though I suppose you could call him an anti-hero.
If you had to pick between receiving a million dollars today, or $1000 a month for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
I did the math on this one, and since I’m not sure if I’m going to live another 83 years, I’ll take the million dollars and try to restrict myself to a monthly allowance.
If you could take anyone out for coffee, dead, alive, or fictional, who would it be?