Welcome to Words With Femmes, Twitter’s new virtual book circle, where some of Twitter’s funniest ladies read and discuss works by some of Twitter’s most interesting authors. May opened with Wayne Gladstone’s, Notes From The Internet Apocalypse, so we forced him, with a relatively sharp bookmark, to answer the following questions:
1. If you could have given your book an alternate title, what would it have been?
Still More Shades of Grey
2. What inspires and motivates you to sit down and type instead of caving to other distractions and life’s demands?
It’s more fun than absolutely anything else I call work
3. Do you have a preferred outfit for writing in, such as pyjamas or something fancy like black tie with a little jaunty hat?
No joke. For each book I’ve bought a different hat. This is an LA book so I bought a lame white fedora like the main character wears.
4. Beyond the titular allusion, how much were you influenced by Notes From Underground and how is Gladstone related to the main character of that novel? Do you see Gladstone a modern version of “Underground Man”?
Gladstone is smart and somewhat angry, but I hope if he were presented with a chance of redemption, he would take it. The allusion was deliberate, but for all his flaws, I like Gladstone more as a person than the Underground man. He’s not very spiteful.
5. If you had the ability to bring one character from your book to life, who would suddenly appear in the world and would you want that person to be a part of your life?
Agent Rowsdower. The character that Gladstone perceives in book one is not an accurate representation of that character as he appears in book two. I’d love to roll with Rowsdower.
6. Knowing that you will be invariably upsetting anyone you don’t mention, quick, list the first 5 twitter accounts that you like that spring to mind.
7. Agent Cooper or Agent Mulder?
Mulder, because like me David Duchovney is an Ivy League English major Jew who’s not so great at acting.
8. Can you even?
9. What’s the best book you’ve read in the last year (other than your own)?
The first half of the second book I’m writing.
10. Do you see your book working as a movie and did you write it with that intention/possibility in mind?
My book was written pursuant to a Hollywood beat sheet. I absolutely would love to see it as a movie and I write so sparsely that nothing would have to be cut.
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