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An interview with Mike Sauve, author of The Wraith of Skrellman

This week, I’d like to welcome Mike Sauve to the Thursday Throng hotseat. Mike is the author of The Wraith of Skrellman.

mike suaveThe Mike Sauve Interview

What is one thing that no one would usually know about you?

I think people know I am a Bob Dylan fan but not to what extent. I have a folder with over six-hundred bootleg recordings, many of them audience recordings from the 80s and early 90s that are downright unlistenable. I’ve blown any vacation money I’ve ever had travelling to two-bit towns like Syracuse, New York to see him play. Bob Dylan’s voice is probably the primary sound my dogs have experienced in their time on earth.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

Yes there are. It is an isolationist pursuit. When writing a novel you make people up in your mind and then live with those people for a period of months. In some quarters that is called delusional psychosis. Further, unlike being a musician or an actor, there’s no immediate gratification. So if I write what I consider a great scene in my novel today, I’m fully aware that it won’t hit the market for up to three or four years, if at all.

Also, I do most of my writing with the help of the diet suppressant and legal stimulant ephedrine, even though I’m really sensitive to stimulants, so afterwards I usually end up drinking a great deal. Because I don’t like to let myself drink more than 2-3 times a week, and can really only enjoy socializing with people when I’m drinking, this cuts significantly into my social life to the point where I often choose to stay home and write over engaging socially. Truth is, I haven’t enjoyed engaging socially since I was a teenager so it’s not that big of a loss. But it’s a matter of choosing an imaginary world over the real one, which I’m sure a lot of people would find quite sad.

If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?

Since I’ve written a horror novel I feel I can answer this under the purview of “horror author” rather than “person with homicidal ideation.” I think the key to body disposal would be time and privacy. If you’ve got the luxury of draining all the blood from a body in your bathtub, laboriously hacking it into tiny pieces, double bagging these pieces in industrial-strength garbage bags, and casually carrying these garbage bags to a dumpster a fair distance away from your home in the dead of night, then that would seem like such a slam dunk you’d be a fool not to murder all your enemies one by one!!!!!

What was the most important thing you learned at school?

Since most of my books involve adolescents, I would say it’s the social dynamics between teenagers. Every high school cruelty inflicted by or upon me, every social rejection or triumph, every golden little ludicrous moment. It’s what I’m trying to capture. My long-term memory is very good, so all of this stuff is available to me like it happened yesterday.

Are you jealous of other writers?

I wouldn’t say I’m jealous. There are writers I admire, and I’m envious of their talent, but feel they deserve their success. Then there are the legion of successful authors who aren’t talented, but appeal to populist tastes. I wouldn’t say this makes me jealous so much as it makes me sad for the populous itself.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

I’m always surprised when I hear writers talk about “sitting in front of the empty page, not knowing what to write.” If I put myself in this position I’d write nothing but garbage. My process involves thinking about what I want to write all day, when I’m in the shower, at the gym, walking to work, and then when it’s time to write I have all the basic points in mind and it’s just a matter of transcribing them. Of course I always come up with unexpected elements during the act of composition, but I can’t imagine just making up the entire thing on the fly. I’d spend too much time thinking and not enough time writing. I think it’s ideal to have everything in place where I can sit down and write as fast as I can type, which is really fast, 115 wpm.



You can find The Wraith of Skrellman in Kindle or Paperback format here:

You can also catch up with Mike on his website here: www.mikesauve.com



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