Did all the stories in these books actually happen?
Yes, every word of it is true. Sometimes I may change the setting or chronology to fit the story, but real life is too hard to make up. I find it much easier to write about what I've seen and experiencedas opposed to dreaming about what could have happened.
What is The New Scum?
The New Scum is a media company I started in 2010 to hold the copyrights to my books, andhopefully represent artists with a similar appeal. We focus on individuality, the freedom of expression,and contemporary cultural issues. We have a bi-weekly podcast called “The New Scum Fix.”
If you could summarize your message in one phrase, what would it be?
My message is simple: Never be afraid to say “I,” and Whatever happens, happens.
Why should people buy your books?
I find modern literature to be largely superficial, and without realistic ties to day-to-day life. Iaim to provide a clear picture of life as a demographic to be pandered to. I come from a generationraised on computers and video games, and I aim to discuss issues that we find interesting.
Do you write anything other than fiction?
I started working on internet-serialized fiction in the spring of 2010 called “A Puzzle of Squares.” It's about a man that dies, and then finds himself in the afterlife putting together the puzzlethat makes up his past lives. Living outside space and time, Lux Apotheosis seeks to escape the endlesscycle of life. It's available at TheNewScum.ORG and Scribd.com. Just search for “The New Scum.”
What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
I'm always participating in local and regional events around Southwest Michigan, and makefrequent trips to Chicago, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and New York. I'm currently puttingtogether a book-signing tour at independent book stores for Spring 2011. I'm putting together notes for a new book in 2011, tentatively titled “A Careful Balance.”I actively participate in the local music scene, and play in a music group called “The NewScum.” We make frequent appearances in the Kalamazoo area, and are featured in a local documentarycalled, “Weekend Warriors” by Chunk Media. Also coming 2011, an online fine-art store called“Disconnect Kalamazoo,” featuring local artists, and The Stanley Slavin Foundation, benefitingeducation in the Arts. You can find out about all of my projects at TheNewScum.ORG.