Author Trevor J Houser On How To Write A Book That Sparks A Movement
An Interview With Jake Frankel
You don’t have to be an expert. You just have to be curious. Curiosity goes a long way.
As part of my series about “How to write a book that sparks a movement” I had the pleasure of interviewing Trevor J. Houser.
Trevor J. Houser’s first novel, Pacific, came out in 2021 and was a finalist for multiple awards, including the National Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. He has published stories in dozens of literary journals including Story Quarterly, Zyzzyva and The Columbia Review. Three of his stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Currently he works in advertising and lives with his family in Seattle.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share the “backstory” of how you grew up?
I grew up in Portland, Oregon under very lucky circumstances. Loving parents. Close friends. I really can’t complain about anything other than not becoming the next third baseman for Kansas City.
When you were younger, was there a book that you read that inspired you to take action or changed your life? Can you share a story?
I don’t know if there was a particular book, but comic books certainly inspired me early on to tell stories. I then started writing my own comic books, which led to short stories, which led to novels.
What was the moment or series of events that made you decide to bring your message to the greater world? Can you share a story about that?
It was sometime after the Parkland shooting that I hatched the idea for THE PRUMONT METHOD. The year before in Las Vegas was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Despite these two events and countless others not much seemed to change politically, so I started daydreaming about how shootings might be stopped or averted in other ways.
What impact did you hope to make when you wrote this book?
There are a lot of opinions on the subject of gun violence so hopefully this book lets people look at things differently or with fresh eyes.