Aside from being the lead singer and songwriter of Richmond Fontaine Willy Vlautin is also an author. He was reading at Powell's to promote his new book the Free. Did I mention he lives in Portland, Oregon?
Mr. Vlautin is a happy-go-lucky sort of fellow, which made for a pleasant evening. He told us he was a painter (the house kind) for twelve years and the happiest day of his life was the day he didn't have to be a painter anymore. "Of course, a couple of years later," he added, "I had to go back to being a painter, but that wasn't such a great day."
My favorite gem I'm taking away from this reading? Someone asked how he knew when he was done revising. "I stop feeling sick to my stomach and start thinking about a new book."