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An Interview with Martin Mundt

Published December 16, 2015 by MommaCat

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Most authors have had many jobs to pay the bills in their quest to become successful. What are some of the jobs that you have held? 

    I’ve had one job since 1982, in manufacturing.  I would’ve taken on more freelance editing and proofreading work, but the opportunities have been rare, and so hardly count as jobs. I briefly traded commodities back in the 80’s, but I broke even, so in the end, that hardly counted as a job either.

Being an aspiring published author is …

painful.

Have you ever devised a character and then written a plot around them?

     No. The concept of the story always comes first.

If you could write one person in history “out of the story” and change the future, who would you erase and how would you foresee the world according to Mundt?

    A difficult question. Counterfactuals lead to so many questions of their own. Say I want to erase Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand. What are the odds that the alternate heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne would be assassinated in the same way and start World War One and kick off the 20th Century? But probably something would, in some way, because the forces existed to do so. So say I think bigger, and erase Abraham, and try to get rid of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Maybe I succeed, but I don’t get rid of other religions, because people like religions; and anyway, I’m not even sure Abraham counts as a “person in history”. So, tricky stuff. But then, after two days of considering this question, it occurred to me that I’d written a story about just this topic, so I’m going to refer everyone to that: “The Magruder Film”, in an anthology called Gen F: An Anthology of Short Stories for the Comic Tragedies of Our Times, published in 2014. Who did I erase? Mick Jagger. And his death brought about a golden age of peace and love: the Age of the Hippies. Go read it. It might answer this question for you.

Who are the authors that have influenced your writing the most?

    Harlan Ellison and Dylan Thomas

If you were able to trade bodies with one person for one day, who would it be and why?

    Dita Von Teese. Why? Go big or go home.

 

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What are the next three books you’re planning to read?

    The First World War, John Keegan

    Billy Budd and Benito Cereno, Herman Melville

    The Monsters of Templeton, Lauren Groff

 

What five people living or dead would you invite to a dinner party?

 Voltaire. Emily Dickinson. Albert Einstein. Mark Twain. Groucho Marx. Harlan Ellison. Mae West. More than five. I cheated.

 

How do you want the world to remember you?

 All or nothing, I guess. Either a bestselling author, or not at all.

Check out Martin on Facebook, the web and on Twitter @MartinMundt1..  If  you’re new to his writing, you’re going to want to grab all of the collections of his you can. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop.  His newest book, SYNCHRONIZED SLEEPWALKING is reviewed below.  Thank you for taking time from your writing, Marty, to visit with us!  

 

 

 

Synchronized Sleepwalking by Martin Mundt

Published December 16, 2015 by MommaCat

For those of you who read – or at least skim through my entire blog you’re going to get a double dose of Martin Mundt.  I actually read and reviewed this book a few months ago at the request of Marty’s new publisher, John Everson.  You can read that (along with a bunch of other reviews) HERE on the Random Reviews page.  If you didn’t get SYNCHRONIZED SLEEPWALKING yet,  let me run through the book and try to convince you to buy it today. Now. mmmkay?

A Bird in Hand –  BDSM with a little twist.  Always have a safe word.

The Girl With a Motorcycle for a Heart – A futuristic cop story, but some things never change.

Breathless – Cheating is never a good idea.

He Passed Himself Away – Some people just belong together.

The Pale Blue Zenith of the Sky – He built a ladder of books.

Chair – What would you do to become a millionaire?

Skinny Bones – Big Momma decides she wants a skinny beau.

Lost Dog – 6 page ad…

The Once-Upon-A Time King – Is this the king or a storyteller?

Flying – What is it like to fly?

The Saga of El Pollo  Part 1 – Live Poultry – Um…chickens.

The Saga of El Pollo  Part 2 – El Pollo – The crazy chickens.

The Saga of El Pollo  Part 3 – The Chicken Killers – Si, es loco.

Still Life with Walls – Jeff took up a new hobby.

Boom – Fun with firecrackers.

And that takes us just past 50%!  Whew!  There’s a lot of great reading still to come.

Buy SYNCHRONIZED SLEEPWALKING at Amazon.com

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An Interview with Christopher Golden

Published December 1, 2015 by MommaCat

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How many hours per day do you spend writing? How would you spend your time if storytelling were no longer an option?

CG: Unfortunately, business takes up more and more time. These days, in addition to the usual email and phone calls, there’s social media. Sure, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are entertaining, but there’s also a certain amount of marketing and event promotion and planning that is just a requirement for writers these days, and it’s becoming a larger and larger part of every day. As for how I’d spend my time, that would depend on whether or not I still had to earn a living. I’d teach, or direct kids’ theater (which I’ve done in the past). But as long as I could spend time with my wife and kids, read books, spend time outdoors, and watch old movies, I’d be all right. If I couldn’t write novels, I’d find other ways to tell stories.

What’s the first story you remember telling?

CG: Hmm. I’ve actually never been asked that question. I was always an embellisher, so I have no idea what story I first told anyone. Probably some campfire tale about “the hook” or something that I heard at camp as a kid and then re-told. I loved comedy as a kid, too, and I think it’s for the same reason. Steven Wright, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin…their comedy routines were often stories, and I had a knack for memorizing and being about to rehash those routines. I’d never have done it on stage, but it amused me. The first story I remember writing was something I actually still have (I think). I don’t remember the title at the moment, but I wrote it in high school and it concerned a bunch of kids partying on some railroad tracks, and what happens one of them decides to play chicken with a train.

Would you talk about your upcoming books and their production schedule?

CG: My latest novel, DEAD RINGERS, came out earlier this month. It’s a horror novel about a handful of people in Boston who encounter their doppelgängers, and what happens when they begin to investigate the phenomenon. It’s got ghosts and a demon in a basement, but it’s also very much about our fear of losing control, or losing ourselves, and whether or not we’re living our best lives.

How important are character names and how do you come up with them?

CG: They’re important to me in that they need to feel right, TO ME. I’m sure they’re important to readers as well, but I’ve never had a publisher attempt to change one of my characters’ names, except to say “hey, there are too many characters whose names start with B, and that’s going to confuse people.” As for how I come up with them…I get them everywhere, from people I went to school with, to people who wait on me in stores and restaurants, to the casts of movies. I’ll also often think of what a character’s background ought to be and then research names that match that background. Sometimes I use place names, or choose based on the meaning of a name and what I want that character to accomplish. When you’ve written as many books as I have, you use every trick there is.

Have you ever devised a character and then written a plot around them?

CG: Weirdly, I don’t think so. I always come up with a plot first. Though I guess the Menagerie series, which I wrote with Thomas Sniegoski, might fall into that category. Tom had created a character for comics, and I had done the same, and we decided to merge them into one series with a bunch of other characters, and then instead of comics we did them as novels. They’re absolutely crazy novels. I recommend everyone pick up the first one, THE NIMBLE MAN, though all four are available in a single ebook download for pretty damn cheap.

Being both an editor and a writer, do you find it difficult to switch hats when going from one job to another?

CG: I really don’t. It’s all storytelling to me. Editing, writing novels, writing comics or screenplays. Some are easier on one day and harder on another, but it’s all storytelling.

Who are the authors that have influenced your writing the most?

CG: Hands down Stephen King would be first on the list. But there are so many others, from Jack London to Charles de Lint to, more recently, Michael Koryta. Anything I read that inspires me also influences me. I think it’s sheer arrogance and foolishness for any writer to think they can’t keep learning or keep being inspired.

If you were able to trade bodies with one person for one day who would it be and why?

CG: Myself at age twelve. I’d get that lazy little bastard into shape and create a lifetime habit out of it.

What are the next three books you’re planning to read?

CG: I’m currently reading the WEREWOLF BY NIGHT OMNIBUS from Marvel Comics, revisiting a favorite from my childhood. Then I think it’ll be Austerlitz by WG Sebald. After that, I should be done with my novel in progress, and I’ll reward myself with the new Stephen King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.

What five people living or dead would you invite to a dinner party?

CG: I know you’re looking for something more interesting, and I could come up with that list (it would include Lou Costello and Humphrey Bogart, for starters), but I’d rather tell the truth. Truth is, I’d invite my wife and three kids, and my father, who died when I was nineteen. He had his flaws—some big ones—but what a beautiful thing it would be for him to be able to meet them.

If you could claim one book as your own – think fame not fortune – what would it be?

CG: I’d never want to claim someone else’s work as my own. Ever.

How do you want the world to remember you?

CG: I hope they’ll say I was kind. In the end, that’s all that matters.

Thank you for a wonderful few minutes, Chris. Fans can check out Chris on Twitter, Facebook and the Web. Please scroll down and check out my review of DEAD RINGERS. Click on the link to head over to Amazon to buy it for yourself.

DEAD RINGERS by Christopher Golden

Published December 1, 2015 by MommaCat

They say everybody has a double.  What if you met yours and found out they wanted to take over your life?  Impossible! You scoff, and turn away. But, what if it was possible? Come along m’dears and let master storyteller Christopher Golden shake your world and leave you wondering what’s real and how well you know your friends…and possibly yourself.

Golden’s writing  is smooth and seamless.  He returns to the adult horror section with DEAD RINGERS and scores another hit.

Grab a copy of this and dive in.  Horror lovers won’t be disappointed.

Buy DEAD RINGERS at Amazon.com!

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