It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!
This week we are featuring an interview with Jim McDoniel author of An Unattractive Vampire (see my review here). It currently has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon and a 4.02 star rating on Goodreads. In addition to his interview Jim is giving away 5 copies of An Unattractive Vampire (US). So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, October 3, 2016.
I’m a writer living in Chicago. I started off as an actor and then started writing plays (which were never produced), moved to essays (which I didn’t know what to do with), then studied improv and sketch comedy at both the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis and The Second City here in Chicago (hence why I’m in Chicago). After not being asked to be in sketch groups a lot, I went to audio drama and finally a few years ago decided to focus completely on writing and began working on novels.
1) Why should people read your book?
Honestly, the entire pitch of my book is in the title. If the title or premise (“A vampire wakes up to find no one believes he is a vampire because he isn’t sexy”) makes you chuckle, this book is for you. Besides, vampires, comedy, action, a little boy with a hatchet, what’s not to like? (Unless you’re REALLY devoted to Twilight, in which case, this book is not for you.)
2) Where is your favorite place to write?
I typically write in coffee shops after working my day job, to save myself from traffic. However, my FAVORITE place to write and where a lot of this novel was written is Wilde’s Bar and Restaurant in Chicago. They have a little section that’s made up to look like a study, complete with leather backed chairs and a fireplace. Back when I was un(der)-employed I would spend most of an afternoon there writing and slowly nibbling on shepherd’s pie.
3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?
So much. Currently I’m juggling day job, writing, and grad school (for writing). I’ve got a second novel in third draft form, my audio drama is working on it’s eighth and final season, and I’ve got some web series scripts that need a final polish before I start looking for directors. So yeah, a lot.
4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?
Right now? Probably The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Beautiful, magical, and it appeals to my secret (or if you know me, not so secret) romantic side.
5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?
Either J-F Dubeau’s The Life Engineered or Marie Brennan’s In The Labyrinth of Drakes: A Memoir by Lady Trent.
6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?
Hahaha. In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry. (Followed by Feeling Good by Michael Buble and the score from an episode of Poirot.)
7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?
Meh. If I have any, they’ve usually been things that I accumulate during shows I acted in. I can sing the National Anthem one beat off thanks to The Complete History of America Abridged, I can juggle clubs thanks to a silent movie play I was in called Stage Lights, and I can recite the Jabberwocky thanks to Alice in Wonderland which I was in when I was twelve.
8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?
How do you objectively review a book for which you are not the audience for? Like say, if you are not a fan of young adult, but the book you are reading is very much for young adults?
Laura – If I am reading outside of my preferred genres, I try to look for more analytical things in the read. Things like the plot as a whole, the pacing and world building can make me love a book even if it is not meant for me. For example, I generally dislike mysteries, but I read one last year that I loved, The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, that had such a unique plot that I overlooked the whole mystery aspect and just really enjoyed the ride. A truly good book can rise above the genre it is placed in, so I try not to be too judgy about the classification if everything else is on point.