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Interview: Charles Franklin Emery III, Author of A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story

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It is often said that dogs are a man's best friend.  With recent titles releasing such as Marley & Me by Josh Grogan, Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper, and Dewey by Vicki Myron, it is most apparent how much animals mean to people and just how close they come to one another.  Another such story is A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story by Charles Franklin Emery III.  I had the honor to ask Mr. Emery III a few questions to get a bit more idea about the man and his beloved pet behind this wonderful sounding story!  Please enjoy and be sure to check out the book when you get a chance!  I know I will!

Tell us a bit about A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story – Second Edition. What is the story about, who are the characters, etc

A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story – Second Edition was written to commemorate the best canine friend I've ever had, Bunkie, a yellow Labrador Retriever. I had him for 14+ years and shared many a laugh and tear with Bunkie. The characters are Bunkie and I, with appearances from family, friends and enemies. The book is my way of sharing him with others and is a small tribute so that he will be around long after I'm gone. He got me through some tough times and I owed him this. I also did the same for my Dad in my book Dad, Dog & Fish.

What do you want readers to take away from reading A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story – Second Edition?

I just want them to feel better after having read it. These are trying times and folks are really worried about a multitude of things. I want them to reset their minds to enable them to enjoy the simpler things in life, like the companionship of their pets and friends. In short, this little book offers them an escape to something as simple as a man and his dog and their adventures.

What was the most fun about writing A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story – Second Edition?

 Remembering the good times with Bunkie and my Dad was the best. There was lots of love and laughs.

 What was the hardest part about writing A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story – Second Edition?

Reliving the death of Bunkie was the hardest part of the book. Death is a part of life; it's just how it is. It's still hard to deal with though, even after all the years have passed by. It was worth it though because I feel that this book will help others with their loss.

Could you please tell us about your writing process?

I write when I feel like it, usually late at night when I'm alone in my office/garage. Then I re-read it in the morning and mark up the copy. I really don't have a set process, I write snippets throughout the day, documenting ideas, memories, etc…

Do you have any particular habits that you take part in while writing? By that I mean certain music you like to listen to, foods you like to eat, environment that helps you write better, etc.

I have no particular writing habits. I always have music on though, usually classic rock or bluegrass. I don't eat when I work, but I will imbibe in some tequila and orange juice; that combo produces some really different work though.

Where do you get your ideas and inspirations?

Since I primarily do memoirs, my memories are the source of my ideas and inspiration.

If you had to summarize your life and give it a book title, what would that title be?

Organized Chaos

What are you reading right now?

The Art and Science of Protective Relaying by C. Russell Mason

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Samuel Clemens, Stephen King, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

What were some of your favorite books as a child?

Anything by Isaac Asimov, Heinlein, Clemens, Gardner

If you could have lunch and chat with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Samuel Clemens. The man had the most refreshing and at the same time cynical outlook on life. He is also the funniest guy to ever pen a story.

What do you hope to accomplish within the next five years?

 Finishing my BS in Electrical & Mechanical Technology

What are you working on right now and can you give us a sneak peek? A small excerpt?

I am currently working on the memoirs Moondoggie and the Boston Terrier Horde, Gearhead and Bubblehead.

I'm still compiling ideas and doing an outline. Sorry, there is nothing that I would consider excerpt worthy yet.


About Charles Franklin Emery III:

Charles Franklin Emery III was born in Los Angeles, California in 1956. He joined the US Navy Submarine force in 1977 and spent the following six years on Fast Attack and Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines as a Sonar Technician and Sonar Supervisor. He forged a career in commercial Nuclear Power and is now a Consulting Engineer to various electric utilities. He is an avid fisherman and hunter, enjoys working on his 1964 Plymouth Savoy and collecting colonial American coins. He lives with a Boston Terrier horde and his wife Sherry in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.  Charles owns and operates his own publishing imprint, Bunkiedog Press.  Bunkiedog Press has published Dad, Dog and Fish, A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story and A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story – Second Edition


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