Featured Interview With John Egenes
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in southern California, spent three decades in northern New Mexico, and now live in New Zealand. Spent most of my life around horses in one way or another, and had my horse, Gizmo, from when he was a weanling colt until he passed away at twenty-two. These days I don’t have horses, but I do live with three cats: Ozzie, Harriet, and Gidget.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started reading almost before I could talk, and I’ve been stuck into a book ever since. I always have a book (or my Kindle) with me, and a day isn’t complete unless I spend a little time in a cafe with a cup of coffee and a good book to read.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
There are so many great authors that I can’t possibly list even a fraction of them. I read around a hundred books a year, and have for most of my life. I’m big on science fiction, but read everything from Louis L’Amour to Richard Feynman, from Margaret Atwood to Neil Gaiman. I like smart writers, people who can make words flow and create imagery in my mind. I read fiction and non-fiction alike. As a university researcher, I also read a lot of research material. Some of it is fascinating, and some… not so much.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My book is called, “Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America”. It’s a memoir that describes a journey I took with my young horse, Gizmo, back in 1974. We traveled from coast to coast across the United States, seven months and forty-four hundred miles. It’s a look back on another era. It was a different world back then, and the America that Gizmo and I witnessed no longer exists.
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