John J. Heldon, Jr. was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ. After attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, he embarked on a career in sales before founding a successful plastics fabricating business, after which he became a real estate developer. Ark is his first novel. He lives in Marlboro, NJ, with his wife, Virginia. They have one son, Geoff, and daughter-in-law, Evelyn. His blog is a compilation of “boomer humor” friends and family anecdotes which he adds to regularly. To learn more, please visit www.ivegotafunnystory.com.
Q. Why did you decide to write this book?
A. The idea for the book came fairly quickly, as I explain in the prologue. I’ve been blogging (ivegotafunnystory.com) for some time, and I knew when the right idea rang my bell, I would write a book about it.
Q. Do you have any secret writing tips you’d like to share?
A. I found it helpful once I started writing “Ark” to stay on a disciplined schedule. I tried to write about a 1000 words a day. If I felt I was stuck, I just tickled the keyboard anyway. I found the “backspace” key to be a very good friend.
Q. Tell us a quirky, funny or unexpected story about you.
A. I constantly, at the expense of friends, put them on with a pun, or play on words. For example, to one gullible friend I said, “Did you know Bobby Van, the actor, really doesn’t have to work, he’s the heir of a moving company.” Even though they know I’m coming, it usually works for 5 seconds.
Q. What books are on your nightstand right now?
A. The Greater Journey, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Razor’s Edge. The first, I’m currently reading, the last three to thumb through time and again for the language.
Q. What’s your favorite quote?
A. “Less is More”, whether it’s architectural or novel design.
Q. Who inspires you the most?
A. Actually, the who is a what: Nature.