Saturday, August 27, 2011

Candy & Cigarettes by CS DeWildt - Interview: Author Promo Spot

Candy and Cigarettes

In the face of revenge, innocence is meaningless.

Death is omnipresent to small-town loner Lloyd Bizbang. Today proves no exception. After being attacked yet again by a pair of sociopaths who have targeted him since childhood, Lloyd stumbles upon a sight he wishes he could unsee in the town junkyard. Now as he just tries to live through another day, the bodies are stacking up in the town of Horton, and Lloyd finds himself connected to each of them via the drug-and-drink-addled, unhinging police chief, yet another person who has an old score to settle with Lloyd. A game of revenge and survival is underway, but will there be a winner at the day’s end?

Comment for a chance to win a digital copy of Candy and Cigarettes. A random commenter will win the book in their choice of format (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF). 
Giveaway ends Saturday, September 3rd 11:59 PM CST.

About the Author:
CS DeWildt lives and writes in Tucson, Arizona. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of shorts. His work has been showcased on sites like Bartleby Snopes, Word Riot, The Bicycle Review, Writer’s Bloc and Mobius Magazine.

Contact Info:
CS DeWildt

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

Allie Fox is the driving force in the book “The Mosquito Coast” and is hands down the most fascinating character I’ve read.  He’s a brilliant inventor who’s fed up with life among the “funny bunnies” in the United States.  He packs up his family and sets about creating an utopia in the Honduran jungle.  Allie has the need to control everything, to dominate everyone he meets, he forces his kids to take ridiculous risks to prove they trust and love him, he claims to never need sleep, he wants to be master of the world and fix the shoddy job God did in creating it.  And while it’s never blatantly stated, he is a classic example of someone with bi-polar disorder, high for a while but destined to crash eventually.  So, repellant as he may seem, he has a magnetism that’s unavoidable, whether you’re another character in the story or the reader who’s along for the ride.

Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?

I guarantee if you asked them they’d say introvert because I’m known as a bit of a homebody and I come off as shy around new people, but the truth is that I’m an extrovert who’s just a little anxious.  I’m no hermit or recluse, but I do prefer staying close to home.  However, I always need that outside stimulus, whether it’s reading or movies or music or conversation.  And I love being the center of attention like any other extrovert; I just need it on my terms.  That makes me sound a bit high maintenance, doesn’t it?   Oh well, I stand by it.  And I think this facet of my personality really directed me to writing.  It’s a way to get myself out there without always having to get myself out there.

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

It’s four AM and I’m working on answering these interview questions, so you tell me.  Truth is I’ve always been an early riser, since I was a kid.  I like that quiet time when everyone else is still asleep.  I find I’m much more productive in the morning.  The majority of Candy and Cigarettes was written between the hours of 3 AM and 6 AM and I think that’s true of almost everything I’ve written.

What books have most influenced your writing life?

Again I’ll defer to Paul Theroux’s, The Mosquito Coast, beyond being a compelling read, has great take-away lessons in character development, use of symbols, themes, and structure.  It’s your classic man vs. man vs. society vs. nature vs. machine vs. self.
The Old man and the Sea would be another.  Regarding critical analysis, Hemingway said of it, and I’ m paraphrasing: “The old man is a man, the fish is a fish.”  I think any writer or critic knows that was a damn lie, whether it was an honest lie, only Ernie knows.  Regardless, considering the state of his career when he wrote it and how the story so closely parallels facets of his writing life, even the unpredictable post-publication response to it, it just shows how important honesty is when writing a truly magnificent story.  To me, the work was a vivisection of the author.  And ideally, that’s what a good story is.
I wish I could say that reading Hemingway toughened me up, the hero code thing, but I’m still pretty soft.  In terms of writing though, I think it helps to bring a certain stoicism (either that or cry yourself to sleep thinking about the latest rejection slip), and Hemingway has been helpful in that regard.

What's your favorite genre to read?

I like anything with a dark edge, from something as prosy as Cormac McCarthy, to Big Jim Thomson, to Stephen King.  Literary fiction is often presented as a genre all its own, but I think of it more as a subgenre present within all other genres, think a typical Danielle Steele romance versus Lolita.  Talk of genre often pigeon-holes a stories unnecessarily.  They’re just stories, a character wants/wants to avoid something and is met with conflict while trying to get/avoid it.  Some work for you as a reader, some don’t.  Genre conventions are just set dressing in my opinion.

Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?

Do I have any readers? Honestly, I haven’t heard from them yet, but I hope it happens.  Aside from my own selfish reasons I write to connect with readers.  I’d love to hear what a stranger thinks of my work and I’d be willing to answer any questions they had.  I think that would be an amazing experience.

Who are your books published with?

Candy and Cigarettes was published by Vagabondage Press, LLC.  They’re a small press out of Florida and I thank them in my thoughts everyday for the opportunity to get my work out there.  They believe in emerging writers and in their own words, they “hold the unique and simple belief that good writing transcends genre…(and) dislike the tendency in mainstream publishing to categorize and pigeonhole authors and their work into literary ghettos. Vagabondage Press has a commitment to providing an alternative.”

Additionally I’ve published stories in ejournals such as Bartleby Snopes, Word Riot, The Bicycle Review, Foundling Review, Mobius Magazine, and the now defunct Writers’ Bloc.

Tell us about your next release.

I’m working on another novella-novel length project.  It’s less dark than Candy and Cigarettes, more of a satire at this point, but we’ll see where it takes me.  Other than that I’m hoping the next big thing will be securing an agent.  I have a large body of work waiting to see the light of day and I’d love to find someone to help me sell it.  Literary professionals?  You listening?  Time to scoop me up while I’m still na├»ve.

Comment for a chance to win a digital copy of Candy and Cigarettes. A random commenter will win the book in their choice of format (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF). 
Giveaway ends Saturday, September 3rd 11:59 PM CST.

Disclaimer: This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. In some cases, I receive free books in return for a review. My reviews always express my own personal opinion. I am not obligated to write a glowing or even favorable review. I have not received any monetary compensation in return for my honest review. Promotional information was provided by the author.



Leslie Lee Sanders said...

This book sounds good! :-) And yay, for AZ authors!!


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Jessica said...

Looks like a great book, I added it to my purchase list. Thank you for the giveaway!

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