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Christopher M. Lawson

An interview I conducted with Rainbow, author of Rainbow's Expressions and  Observations, or, Only Visiting This Planet In Search Of A Brain, or, I Know The Answer's 42, but, What's The Piggin' Question?, which was published by PublishAmerica.

Rainbow's Expressions and Observations...

1. Can you give us a basic summary of Rainbow's Expressions and Observations, or, Only Visiting This Planet In Search Of A Brain, or, I Know The Answer's 42, but, What's The Piggin' Question?
A very basic summary is that is a memoir of  some my life's true experiences, inspired by My Muse whenever she struck and usually in verse, almost like what the Victorians called automatic writing.  The words just seem to flow out almost without me thinking.  In some ways they are literally my thoughts, in whatever mood I was at the time, written down on the pages.
2. How long did it take you to write from start to finish?
Interesting question!  Basically I have always been able to write winning my school's poetry prize 3 years in a row.  I'd always written for birthdays, anniversarys and the like but round about the age of 35 I found myself alone for the first time in my life and turned for comfort to, as I call it, my scratching pad and simply scribbled down whatever was in my head probably put there by My Muse!  I suppose for a more definitive answer I would say half a lifetime!
3. Did you do any research while writing? If so, what kind?
The only research I did, which was not really research was living it!  They are my thoughts inspired by and sometimes it felt like My Muse was guiding my hand across the page and I was just the vessel!
4. Are there any authors or books who inspired you as a writer?
Not per se although I do tend to enjoy more factual books rather than fiction, there have been one or two notable exceptions but for the life of me I can't even remember who they are!
5. Do you keep a strict writing schedule?
No I don't, I write 'When The Muse Strikes'
6. Who is your target audience?
The great Gore Vidal when asked a similar question more like why did he write, he replied 'So none shall escape!'  I go with Gore Vidal! The Universe is my target audience!
7. What are some of your favorite books?
Errrm mine!  Apart from that of the few I actually have in my RV.  They are: The Brain Book by Peter Russell. The Enchanted World of Peter Pracownik (A incredible fantasy artist friend of mine) My Son Todd and My Guardian Angels by Tom Santos (a self published book), and last but not least a book by a fellow PA [PublishAmerica] Authoress Innocence Betrayed - A Dad's Story of Clergy Misconduct by Helen Wisocki and Curt Szajnecki
8. What would you like your readers to know about you?
Anything they'd care to ask me, really! But as in my bio:
"Born the youngest of three in London England,‘Rainbow’,has always been an ‘Americaphile’ loving all things American, especially chrome and fins on cars! At 15 he left academia and enrolled in ‘The University of Life.’ He traveled to America in the 70’s and again in the 80’s, although that ‘Rock and Roll Dream’ ended in him returning to England totally broke and alone.  He turned for comfort and companionship to his ‘scratching pad’ and wrote, usually always coming out in verse, when The Muse struck, his 'Expressions and Observations' on what he fondly calls the upright biped species that infect this planet, as well as his own thoughts and experiences. He slowly became convinced that he was not from this planet, even if that only meant he seemed alien to most people!  However U.S. Immigration finally confirmed it when they stamped his passport as a Legal Permanent Resident and issued him with his Official Alien Number!  Thank you U.S.A. Now it’s official! I come in Peace, but please, Don’t Take The Peace!"
In some ways, although I am a writer, almost from the day I could put pen to paper, I have oftimes referred to myself as a WordSmith!
9. What are you working on now?

Well I have another book with a literary agent (it was rejected by PA but we won't go into that) who is apparently burning the midnight oil to secure a publishing deal. It's called Battle-Scarred Heart -  A Brit's Witty Look At Lost Love and in story and verse it details 5 of my spectacular failures in attempting to find the other half of me! Apart from that, I am currently working on editing and formating some more of my life's experiences, especially from the time I came to The States back in 2001.  I started sending out what I called 'Updates' on my life in the Colonies via email to friends.  This was well before anyone thought of calling them that horrible word 'Blog'  I was 'blogging' (Yeuch! Hate that word!) before they even thought of the word! These are in the form of and while I do not equate myself with the famous Alistair Cooke's Letters From America, they are in some ways recreating the lost art of letter writing in the modern ideology of the internet age! They are "Rainbow's Emails From America!"  Detailing the everyday occurences, but nontheless somewhat unusual experiences of a "Transplanted Brit in The Colonies!"
10. Any tips for aspiring writers?
Put pen to paper and don't attempt to be a judge of your own work, you'll be too hard on yourself if you do!
For more information, please see Rainbow's website at

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