E. W. Farnsworth Interviews

E. W. Farnsworth, author of:

Stand Alone Novels:

Engaging Rachel


Pirate Tales, Baro Xaimos: A Novel of the Gypsy Holocaust, Fairy Tales and Other Fanciful Short Stories, Among Water Fowl and Other Entertainments, The Black Marble Griffon & Other Disturbing Tales, The Witch Games and Other Supernatural Tales


John Fulghum Mysteries: Vol. I, Vol. II, Vol III-Blue is for Murder, Vol IV-The Perfect Teacher, Vol. V-Finding Harry Diamond, and Vol. VI.

The Wiglaff Chronicles: The Wiglaff Tales, The Emergence of the Shaman

Excerpt of Interview with E. W. Farnsworth:

Personal Facts:

ZHP: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

EWF: I was born in Long Beach, California, and grew up all over the US.  My lack of roots in one place made me a “national” right from the start.  This has had a seminal influence on my writing.

ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?

EWF: Yes, I remember Journey to the Center of the Earth, which has had a tremendous impact on me for its sheer imaginative scope and its journey and return structure.

ZHP: What inspires you to get out of bed each day?

EWF: Writing defines my life. When I am not actually writing, I think about writing.  I compose both intentionally and subconsciously all the time.

ZHP: When did you first start writing?

EWF: I was a school newspaper writer and editor from the time I was eight years old in the Third Grade.

ZHP: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

EWF: I enjoy problem solving, integrating large ideas and creating credible fictional characters that jump right off the page.  When those three joys come together in my writing that is my greatest joy.

ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

EWF: Yes. It was a western story about a mining explosives expert that I wrote when I was eleven.

ZHP: What advice would you give a new writer?

EWF: Write for publication every day, rewrite as a habit, and don’t delete anything that you write as a final copy–just store it.

ZHP: Do you use Social Media?

EWF: Yes, I can be contacted via my website: http://www.ewfarnsworth.com

E.W.’s Interests:

ZHP: When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

EWF: Yes, always positively. My fans tell me that they want to read more of what I write, so I am encouraged to provide more for them to read.

ZHP: What do you read for pleasure?

EWF: I am an omnivorous reader of world literature.

ZHP: Who are your favorite authors?

EWF: John le Carre, William Gibson, William Shakespeare

ZHP: What are your five favorite books, and why?

EWF: William Shakespeare’s King Lear–the sheer scope of it, which in English drama is not surpassed

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick–the offhand completeness and humor of it

William Gibson’s Neuromancer–the groundbreaking inventiveness of it

Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain–the epic grandeur and detail of it

John le Carre’s The Honourable Schoolboy–the story, authority and clarity of its narrative voice

ZHP: What is your e-reading device of choice?

EWF: I am ubiquitous.  I will read on all devices

Excerpt of Interview with E. W. Farnsworth about his process:

E.W.’s Process:

ZHP: Describe your desk or writing space.

EWF: I write on a PC laptop that sits in the clutter on top of my five-leaved Ikea desk.  A media display hovers over my computer in the corner of the wall above it, and to my right is a three-tiered light fixture in front of a window that looks down one level to the street.

ZHP: What is your writing process?

EWF: I write every morning, every afternoon and every night–sometimes late into the night and even all night.  In between I walk two sheltie dogs.

ZHP: How do you connect with your muse?

EWF: My muse is always with me and totally connected.

ZHP: Is procrastination an issue for you?

EWF: I do not procrastinate.  Life is too short to wait.  A family motto: NO WAITING!

ZHP: What motivated you to become an indie author?

EWF: I like the immediacy of the on-line experience and the accessibility of on-line feedback.

ZHP: What advice would give about writer’s block?

EWF: I advise: just write! and if that fails, just read!

ZHP: What’s the story behind your latest book?

EWF: A police detective and the assistant DA team up to solve cryptocurrency crimes around the world. In the process of doing their exciting jobs together, their professional relationship becomes personal but their careers get in the way.  In the end, love finds a way, but these characters are the best at what they do, and they continue to do their work for the public good while they genuinely enjoy each other’s company. Read Bitcoin Fandango, by E. W. Farnsworth, available through Amazon.com.

ZHP: What are you working on next?

EWF: In addition to my stories, I have five additional books scheduled so far for 2015. I am working long term on an epic in verse, The Voyage of the Spaceshipe Arcturus, which attempts to justify the ways of Artificial Intelligences (AIs) to humankind.