Like most of my characters, he’s an amalgam of many people, including myself. I had in mind certain kinds of characters from some of the novels I love the most — “Dubin’s Lives” by Bernard Malamud, “Rabbit, Run” by John Updike, “Jernigan” by David Gates, and especially “The Ginger Man” by J.P. Donleavy. These characters are men behaving badly. They’re rogues. They’re misanthropes. Their misadventures might be comical or slightly sinister, but they’re picking up a lot of people around them as collateral damage, and ultimately, they fall to their own self-destructive impulses.
Source: latimes.com – Los Angeles Times