Q & A with John Czarnota (@JohnCzarnota), Author of “The Last Roadshow”



John Czarnota, first-generation American born in Brooklyn but calling Kansas City home, has had numerous entrepreneurial ventures over the years that allowed him to pursue the arts with passion. Besides developing a new form in painting, he has written songs, screenplays, and now, at age 70, his first novel, The Last Roadshow.

Q: What inspired you to write your book?

A: At first this was going to be a screen play. I’ve written two in the past. But the bad taste of dealing with L.A. agents and the like came right back. So the thought of writing a book that I could have total control over if I so chose to was a no-brainer. On the business side, millions watch Antiques Roadshow here, in Europe, and Australia. So there was a strong probability of a built in audience.

Q: How did you come up with the title?

A: Most everything in the book happens after the Antiques Roadshow in Palm Springs, so it was an easy choice. The same for my design of the book jacket.

Q: Where did your love of writing come from?

A: I’ve always been a dreamer. I’ll never forget my fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Lusko, telling me I had a vivid imagination.

Q: Which writers inspire you?

A: Right now, I would have to say B.A. Shapiro. Her last two books, The Art Forger and The Muralist,  leave me wanting more.

Q: What was the hardest part of writing this book?

A: The middle. Filling it in.

Q: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

A: The dialogue. For me, it’s the biggest challenge. Also the most enjoyable.

Q: Do you write every single day?

A: No. But I think about what I’m going to write every day. I’m always blocking scenes in, like a screenplay.

Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?

A: If not at the end of a page, then at the end of each chapter, ask yourself: “Is this the best I can do?”


Transparency: The above Qs & As with John Czarnota are part of a blog tour organised by BookBear Author Services. I have selected eight questions and answers that are the most interesting to me as a writer and reader. I believe every writer, be them established or emerging, has something unique from which others can learn. In this case, I think Czarnota’s advice for other writers is excellent.

I, too, feel that filling in the details throughout a book is perhaps the most difficult part of writing. While a book can be like a screenplay whose plot is arranged on a scene-by-scene basis, it is the fluency, coherence and integrity of the whole story that is crucial in producing something highly readable. As for dialogues, I point out in my review of The Last Roadshow that Czarnota has a talent in handling them. I myself find it really, really hard to write good dialogues.

Finally, I love it when writers talk about those individuals, books and event that most inspire and/or influence them. It leads to a myriad of interesting literary topics, themes and techniques, as well as real-life experiences of extraordinary individuals and communities, that can help to broaden our horizons. In this case, B.A. Shapiro’s books are worthy checking out if Thomas Crown is your type.


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