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.
“Now I can write what I have always loved to read. I am interested in any book that contains an insightful observation, a new perspective or a deeper message. I don't enjoy reading books that feel like another I've already read, told a slightly different way.
I place all of the truthes I have discovered in life in my stories. My characters are frequently on a mission and all have a distinct philosophy of life. I like to include at least one character whose energy or spirituality affects the others. Most of all, I hope my readers come away from my novels with a deeper appreciation of this mystery we call life.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“In my latest novel, Drunken Angel (Gatekeeper Press, 2018), Diasy 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.
In Sorry and Morticum (Gatkeeper 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.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write when an idea enters my head and I can't stop thinking about it.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Siddhartha, Dinner with Buddha, On the Road, The Secret Balance, Dinner with Buddha, The Alchemist, The Untethered Soul, generally books with a philosophical bent.
What are you working on now?
I have just complete 'Drunken Angel', which follows the life of Daisy Perlman, neglected daughter of a whore, who learns a philosophy of life from her walks through the woods and a book that was thrown at her head. She grows up to become the most loved murderer in the town of Marmalade, FL. Her innocence of civilized life will captivate you and make you love her, too..
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what you know. Keep it in an active voice. Maintain P.O.V.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep it real.
What are you reading now?
The Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein
What’s next for you as a writer?
finding the next story.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski