So I recently bumped into M. Misanthrope while he was working on his next novel, about demonic possession in an academic setting. Anyway, we got to chatting and he offered up some advice in his usual hard-knuckled manner. Here were some of my questions, and his thoughtful answers.
Q: So what’s the best writing advice you’ve ever heard?
A: ‘Don’t have children’, Richard Ford.
Q: What’s the best reason to attend a writer’s retreat?
A: to cheat on your spouse
Q: Would you rather be a writer-for-hire, or an editor?
A: I’d rather be a shovel
Q: Have you ever judged a book by its cover?
A: Of course
Q: Which book?
A: Virgin Heat.
A: It was fucking brilliant!
Q: Who are some of your favorite authors?
A: the dead ones
Q: Well, on that note, how about a joke?
A: Okay, why couldn’t the ghost writer commit suicide?
A: Because he was already dead
Q: On that note….
A: (interrupts)….yeah, on that note, leave me the fuck alone. This book ain’t going to write itself.