Last week the talented Kirk Jones asked me to participate in a blog tour and answer some questions related to writing. It works like this….I answer four questions and tag three other writers who’ll answer the same questions on their blogs next week. I asked Michael Allen Rose, Christoph Paul, and Michael Kazepis to keep this train going into oblivion. Read my responses after the bios below.
Michael Allen Rose is an author, musician, and performance artist based in Chicago, IL. He wrote the books Party Wolves in My Skull (Eraserhead Press) and Declension (Dynatox Ministries), along with numerous short pieces appearing here and there. He makes industrial and experimental music under the name Flood Damage. He likes cats better than people. He likes letting pretty ladies burn things while he’s reading them. He likes liking things.
Christoph Paul is an award-winning author of 5 books that cross different genres: humor, poetry, satire, bizarro, horror and non-fiction. He plays rock music in band Moses Moses but wishes he could be a gangsta rapper. He loves The Miami Dolphins, Thai Food, and wearing Crocs (they are comfortable haters). His next book that isn’t lame will be “Tits From Hell”.
Michael Kazepis was born in Greece. His first novel, LONG LOST DOG OF IT, is out now from Broken River Books.
Here are my responses to the questions tossed my way.
1.) What am I working on?
I’m in the process of finishing up the final edits for my second book A Lightbulb’s Lament which is being published by Bizarro Pulp Press very soon. It revolves around a gentleman with a lightbulb for a head trying to find his way in a dark post apocalyptic world. Besides that, the main focus is the crime fiction novella/novel (I’m not sure how long it’s going to be) I’m working on called Black Gypsies. It’s about two black kids on the southside of Chicago who strip cars and sell the parts for cash. Of course they strip the wrong person’s car and all hell breaks loose.
2.)How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m known for bizarro, but I’m trying to flex my writing muscles this year and show people I’m capable of more than that. I bring an urban flavor to the table. I’ve noticed there aren’t a lot of black writers penning crime fiction let alone weird fiction so I want to help fill that gap. I have a lot of family that lives on the west and southside of Chicago so I have a lot of memories to draw from and I feel cities like Chicago and Detroit are ripe for mining some solid crime fiction.
3.) Why do I write what I do?
I’ve always been a little weird and stuck in my head and I need creative outlets or I start to get agitated. So in a way it’s cathartic. For example, I wrote A Lightbulb’s Lament in college when I was super fucking depressed. I thought if I could bring some light to this fictional universe it would do the same for my world. Urban mystic steez.
4.) How does my writing process work?
I’m still trying to figure that ish out, haha. I’m one of those guys that prefers to work at night, but I try to get writing done anytime I can. I give myself a reasonable deadline, set a word count quota for everyday and bang out the first draft. It’s usually ends up becoming a skeletal draft so the next couple drafts are spent fleshing it out. Then I send it to a few people I trust to give it extra eyes and opinions. I get it back, juice that baby up and send her off into the world. Rinse and repeat.