In 5 minutes with author, Over60 asks book writers about their literary habits and preferences. Next in this series is Nathan Besser, a novelist and businessperson. Having dropped writing in his young adulthood, Besser began writing again after spending years focusing on his alcohol delivery company Jimmy Brings and several other businesses. He went on to publish his first novel Man in the Corner, which has been optioned for film. His second novel, period drama Wild is out now.
Over60 talked with Besser about Ritalin, Australian bogan gothic and the importance of speed chess for his writing.
Over60: What is your best writing tip? Alternatively, what is the worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
Nathan Besser: Best: Coffee or Ritalin. Worst: Coffee or Ritalin.
What book do you think more people should read?
Anything will do, more people reading books would be my hope.
How have your past job(s) influenced your writing?
I worked as a home delivery driver for many years. When I used to work longhand, the manuscripts were often scented with tamarind or pizza dough.
What was the last book that made you laugh or cry?
Joy in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse. What ho!
What trope grinds your gears?
Australian bogan gothic.
Do you have any writing routine? If so, what does it look like?
Typically I will reserve mornings, if I can. When I can’t establish something regular, I steal available moments like a desperate meth head.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Self-hatred and speed chess in equal measure.
Which author, deceased or living, would you most like to have dinner with?
Montaigne. But I don’t speak French, so we’d need a translator. And I don’t know that he’d eat… Or be good company.