Richard Paolinelli has been doing Superversive Author interviews on Sunday. We need to post more of them here.
Welcome to this week’s Superversive Sunday Spotlight. Every week we will chat with a Superversive author that you really should be reading.
This week we welcome Superversive author, Christopher “MOGS” DiNote:
How long have you been writing?
Since grade school, but my first published fiction came out in December 2019. I’ve published nonfiction in 2003 and 2017 respectively related to my day job.
As a kid, my dad and I used to come up with silly stories featuring talking animals for English class writing assignments. My favorites were loosely based (okay, practically stolen) from the old “Mr. Ed” TV show and the “Francis the Talking Mule” movies, stuff like that. I was inspired by old Warner Bros cartoons and old Disney shorts. My dad was an old school sci-fi fan (he always said “sky-fi” I have no idea why), so he introduced me to all the “classics” of the 1950s and 60s, and the old Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials. So, I grew up knowing the sources that inspired Star Wars.
In middle school, I got into tabletop gaming, so I became one of “those guys” who writes extensive backstories for their characters and fictionalizes gaming sessions. The GMs and I usually had “creative differences” about the fictionalization part. I also roll dice so badly that people think it’s some sort of weird performance art, so in my gaming years I drifted towards the dice-less “storytelling” style games.
In high school, I worked out a whole Edgar Rice Burroughs-inspired space pirate fantasy world and I’ve kept all the notes and bits and pieces from when I was 16 to the present. My life’s writing goal is to finally realize that series.