My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. ‘Be Scary’ I borrowed it from filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Spy Kids) and it became Mac Slater’s motto in 'Mac Slater Hunts the Cool', too.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day Lewis) in Gangs of New York. Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey) in Swimming With Sharks. Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) in King of Comedy.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. These are five of my faves that I listened to over and over while writing 'Mac Slater Hunts the Cool': 1. Vertigo – U2. 2. Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve. 3. Rockbox – Run DMC 4. Too Young – Phoenix. 5. New York – Eskimo Joe
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Pilot. Astronaut. World-changing, Bono-esque rock star.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who talk too loud in cafes. Especially if what they’re saying is interesting. Don’t they know I’m trying to write a book here?
April 13, 2011I woke up this morning inside my book.
Let me explain.
I wrote a Middle-Grade book called 'Mac Slater vs. The City' and it's set in New York. It's out this week. I wrote it in a small beach town on the other side of the world. East Coast Australia. An ex-hippy town called Byron Bay.
For research and inspiration I used photos and video and mad jottings from a previous visit to NYC years before. Before I ever knew I'd write a book, let alone one set in New York. I used dozens of books on NY and Google Maps Street View and the Times Square live webcams to make me feel close to the city as I wrote.
And in some wild act of... see more