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Spotlight On Writers – Ernie Stricsek

Spotlight On Writers

Ernie Stricsek


  1. Where, do you hail from?
I was born in New Jersey. We moved quite a bit, not because we were in a witness protection program, nothing as exciting as that. My father had a few job transfers, and then my career involved several moves. Besides New Jersey (2 times), I have lived on Long Island, Pennsylvania (3 times), Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, Alabama, then back to Massachusetts after I retired. My wife, cat Chloe, and I now live in Chatham, Massachusetts, on the elbow of Cape Cod.
  1. What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?

My wife says, “Cape Cod slowly reveals itself.” Most people are familiar with the National Seashore and places like Provincetown and Hyannis, but there is so much more to this beautiful place. The Cape (as pretty much all of Massachusetts refers to it) was where the Pilgrims first landed and encountered Native Americans of the Nauset Tribe. In addition to the lovely beaches, there are numerous freshwater “kettle” ponds, hiking and biking trails, summer theater, a diverse cultural experience, many talented and accomplished residents. The Cape’s rich history lends itself to a number of haunted homes and inns. We have lived here for 5 years and still learn or discover new things.

  1. What turns you on creatively?

There are so many things that tell a story or are patiently waiting for a story to be told about them. Landscapes, old barns and churches, derelict buildings, sand dunes, and fence posts. However, people’s stories inspire me the most. Much of what I write is historical fiction. I draw inspiration from historical places we have visited, and I write about them weaving a story including historical personalities and fictional characters.

  1. What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?

There are so many favorite words, but I love the word mellifluous.

The poetry group did rejoice
When they heard the reader’s mellifluous voice.

  1. What is your pet peeve?

Rudeness, rude people. Rudeness and uncivil behavior have only gotten worse since the pandemic. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect.

  1. What defines Ernie Stricsek?

First, and foremost, my family. I would be nothing without my wife, our sons and their wives, and our grandchildren. Secondly, our circle of good friends, who have the most interesting stories to tell. The places we have visited, the people we have met, and the interesting stories they tell which provide inspiration for the stories I have to tell.

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