Chuck Bednar is a full-time freelance writer and sports columnist from Wintersville, Ohio. He currently serves as the North American Sports Editor for The Canada Post and the Sports Legends & Trivia editor for The Mining Company. Bednar covers college football at Suite 101.com and has contributed to e-sports!, Rockies Golf Daily, College Bound, InQuest, and a number of other print and online publications. Already by the age of 22, his work has appeared in print over 450 times.
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Here's an exclusive interview with Chuck Bednar!
Where do you live?
Where can your fans write you?
What inspired you to write your books?
I've been a sports fan for as long as I can remember, but I find that most sportswriters offer superficial coverage of the games. Sure, I can find scores and stats anywhere. But what about sports issues? What about the human sides of the athletes? I decided that if I couldn't read about these kinds of stories, then I would write about them!
What's an average day like for you?
What's a day in the life of an author like? Hectic. I don't know how most authors have it, but I really don't have a daily schedule. I often find myself quickly punching out a chapter or a manuscript in-between babysitting my nephew and grocery shopping.
Tell us about your family.
Very kind and very supportive. If they weren't here for me at the start I never would have gotten my feet off the ground as a writer. I owe them everything.
Do you have any pets?
One, a beagle named Arnold who's scared of everything -- ranging from thunderstorms to blenders.
What are your hobbies?
I am a total video game addict! I am hooked on what they call role-playing games. I love the stories, and I love the level of interaction they give you. Much better than watching TV!
What do you do in your leisure time?
Besides gaming, I would have to say my biggest release from writing comes from my exercise bike. Excellent for working out deadline-related frustrations! I also enjoy reading and I am a huge fan of anime, as well as improv and sketch comedy.
Who's your favorite author?
John Feinstein. He is my favorite author as well as my inspiration. No sports author is better at bringing out the humanity in sports.
What are your favorite books?
I have two, actually. The first is A Civil War by Feinstein, which is a gripping account of a year in the lives of Army and Navy football players. The other is The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, just because its so damn funny!
What's your favorite music?
Either classical or early 90s alternative
What's your favorite place in the world?
Seneca Rock, West Virginia. I went there for a camping and rock climbing trip in high school, and to this day I'm convinced that there's no more beautiful place on Earth.
What place, that you haven't visited before, would you like to visit?
Gosh, I never really thought about it before... I'd probably have to say the Meadowlands in New Jersey, so I could watch my beloved New York Giants play a home game at least once.
Anything else you'd like to tell us?
Buy my book? Or is that too obvious? Seriously, though, I always love hearing from aspiring writers and sports fans alike. Don't hesitate to fire off an email if you have a question or comment!
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