|Max Booth III agrees to my demands.|
Johnny: Man what summer. I’ve been named Writer of the Year and Eleanor, The Unseen won best in state for Young Adult in Utah -the Golden Quill from the League of Utah Writers. That’s pretty cool, don’t you think?
Max: Oh yeah.
J: And I woke up this morning with telekinetic powers. Is this great or what?
J: I’ll show you.
|I did this with my MIND!|
M: Oh. I see.
J: I was hoping you could tell me where it came from. Your new book, The Mind is a Razor Blade, covers this stuff right?
M: Yeah, the main character wakes up in the woods, no memory, surrounded by dead bodies, stuck with a telekinetic superpower that he can't control. It's all pretty wacky.
J: Hold on – a sneeze.
M: Did you just tip my coffee cup over? Damn it’s hot.
J: Yeah, I can’t control it very well yet. Does your protagonist ever get the hang of it?
M: Not so much in the beginning, but yeah, he starts getting the hang of it. The book very much follows themes found in superhero comics. Our hero is given a new power, a new responsibility, then he goes through many trials trying to perfect his powers.
J: He kills people with it though, right?
M: Oh, yeah, lots of head explosions, definitely.
J: So that’s normal? Whew, that’s a relief.
J: I like how you mix genres.
M: I like how you avoid questions.
J: The Mind is a Razor Blade, has to be called a horror, but what else is it?
M: Neo-noir is the genre I've been calling it. A little bit of science fiction, too. It's very similar to films like Dark City, Total Recall, and Blade Runner. It has that same apocalyptic dystopian setting. That same atmosphere.
Toxicity was before. Wow, that was a something.
M: At conventions, the publisher of Toxicity calls it "The Dog Fucking Book". So, yeah. It certainly is...something.
J: That's how I remember it. But still your Amazon author listing is four pages long. What’s up with that?
M: I'm...I'm sorry? Magazines and anthologies keep accepting my short stories. It's a burden.
J: What else do you have your plate?
M: Nothing. Everything’s floating in mid air.
J: Oh. Sorry.
M: That knife came awfully close to my… uhm… to hurting me.
J: Yeah. So what else?
M: I'm currently writing a novella about a fictional bizarro press. It will be the literary version of Spinal Tap. I'm also doing a novel about a hotel night auditor. Besides that, I'm doing two-to-three columns a month over at LitReactor. So go check those out.
J: You’re a busy guy. I’m a little jealous.
M: That would explain the knife.
J: Totally subconscious though.
J: How is it at Kraken Press?
M: It's pretty great. The founder, George Cotronis, pays me with Kraken Rum, so I won't remember even answering these interview questions probably.
J: Where on the internet can my peeps find out more about you?
J: Hey check this out. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
M: <choking> I get it. Star Wars. Very good. Stop now.
J: So do I get an introduction into Kraken Press?
J: I can’t hear you.
J: Cool. thanks for coming.