I have a special guest here today. Michael Offutt is a rare find. I've followed his blog for some time. He is always entertaining, relevant, and well-spoken. I've commented on Michael's blog about his astute commentaries on pop culture. I've also read his book. He has written a sci-fi with some amazing world-building and social statements. Here is the link to my review on Goodreads. I asked Michael some questions about his writing.
Slipstream is your debut novel. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing or publishing that will aid you in future works?
I’m thankful that my publisher does paperback. At the time, I had no idea how important paperbacks would be for marketing seeing as the best source right now is probably Goodreads (since that’s where the readers are). Just by running a few giveaways, I’ve increased the exposure for my book tenfold and have gotten a few sales that seem relatively steady. So I guess the thing I learned is, never sign with a publisher that doesn’t also produce a quality paperback. The “e-revolution” may be upon us, but Goodreads doesn’t believe in it.
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In Slipstream, there is a character named Dylan who has a puma that accompanies him as a protector. I found this minor character and detail fascinating. If we lived in a fantasy world and you could have an animal that you called, which animal would you choose?
Oh I loved Dylan too. He has an even bigger role in the sequel (and I gave him a sex scene). My animal would be a white tiger because I think they’re pretty.
There is so much going on Slipstream. Do you keep a story bible to keep track of all your characters and the details disclosed in the books?
I have lots of notes. I also keep a detailed outline. I plot everything from beginning to end before I write. If I didn’t do that, I’d never finish.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
If I did a book trailer, it would be done to the song “Outro” by French electropop band M83. The song is the last one on their 2011 double album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”. I love their music so much. Here’s a link to it so you can have a listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi35XQjFV_A
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I wanted to give Jordan the same mind that I have. That’s about it.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? (Now that you've seen Prometheus- lol)
Life of Pi, a masterpiece written by author Yann Martel. Here’s the trailer for it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mMN693-F3U&feature=relmfu
What's the craziest writing idea you've had?
I think that Slipstream, Oculus (which I just finished) and the books to follow are pretty crazy. People who actually read them may think I’m insane before it’s over. I can see them saying, “what the hell did I just read?”
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’ve been outlining Caledfwlch, the third book in the series, and Black Tower, the fourth book.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
I would want to co-author a book with British author David Mitchell
If a person were to option the screen rights to Slipstream, do you have a dream director, producer, or actors?
My dream director is Guillermo del Toro. My ultimate dream would be to have the role of Jordan be the most sought after role by gay actors in the history of cinema. Sadly, I don’t think that would be hard because there have not been any outstanding gay male roles that have ever left an impression upon a big audience. I’m trying to change that of course with Jordan. By the time the series is over, I want people to realize what a vast and complex entity he really is. But as far as gay roles goes, there’s been nothing as iconic as Scarlett O’Hara or Holden Caulfield (which has never been cast). But you can bet, every young actor for decades has dreamed of playing Holden Caulfield.
"Last night I died for the third time this week..."
Jordan Pendragon is crazy good at fixing situations that have gone bad. It's a talent prized by his high school ice hockey team. However, when a car accident puts Jordan in the hospital, he wakes up with more than just an amazing slapshot in his toolbox. Jordan can manipulate space-time and in just a few weeks, he'll depend on it to save his life.
"Slipstream was a brilliantly written, YA sci-fi novel. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down. ' Donna Hole
"Wow this was an amazing piece of fantasy from an author totally new to me. The second book in this series, Oculus, can not come out soon enough." Hearts On Fire Reviews
"Those who like the deeper concepts of space-time manipulation, aliens, dystopian worlds, and parallel universes will find this book has a lot to offer. " Clarissa Draper