Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Charles Stoll was born on Long Island in 1956. He began to write seriously at sixteen as therapy when several friends died in a fire. In high school, he won a national award in writing (N.C.T.E.) and was granted a scholarship to Syracuse University. Charles was in the Honors Program and joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. A favorite writing professor challenged him to write three books in three years to hone his writing skills. He accomplished that goal forty years later when life stopped interrupting.
“My pet peeves: books I feel that I’ve read before, that repeat the same ideas ad nauseum, that don’t answer questions they pose and that have characters that are blatantly good or bad. In my books, I try to place all the truths I have discovered in my own life. My characters have not only bodies, but minds and spirits and their own philosophy of life. The novels all offer fresh perspectives, insightful observations and a deeper message. My objective is to leave the reader with a deeper sense of the wonder and the mystery we call life.
“In my latest novel, Drunken Angel (Gatekeeper Press, 2018), Daisy Perlman overcomes an abusive childhood in the mythical town of Marmalade, learning her own version of life from her walks through the woods, to become the murderer that everyone loves. You will love her complete ignorance of civilized life.
In Sorry and Morticum (Gatekeeper Press, 2016), we visit Daytona a thousand years in the future when mankind is no longer the dominant culture, but life's problems have a way of enduring.
In The Time Thief (Gatekeeper Press, 2015), Professor Royale, his crazy dad and his inspired students dig up dead bodies and end wars.
In Enigma, discovering the moments that form your life (Gatekeeper, 2014) Joshua Chambers discovers that the real moments that made him who he is were really the small moments.”
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Drunken Angel is a result of the rash of serial killings that preceded it and continue to this day. Daisy is a product of such an environment that gives rise to said result.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write only when I am inspired by something. There are file cards all over my house with ideas on them.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I will read anything but prefer books with a philosophical bent: Siddhartha, On the Road, The Alchemist, Immortal Dreams, even Plato's Republic, but I just finished The Eight Mountains, which was wonderful for its spirituality.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the sequel to Sorry and Morticum, my sci-fi fantasy set a thousand years in the future.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I like Amazon and Goodreads.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don't let anything affect your main purpose for writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write three books in three years to hone your skills.
What are you reading now?
The Eight Mountains by Paulo Cognetti.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep releasing the ideas in my mind that require sharing.
What is your favorite book of all time?