This interview with Spike Marlowe was conducted this past January(?) 2013 and things change but I didn’t notice any inconsistencies. Some of you may be more observant.
To the best of my knowledge Little Miss Battle Queen is being worked on and having read a good deal of it in the writers workshop I shared with Miss Marlowe this book is going to be brutally…adorable. Like a custom Hello Kitty Uzi!
Spike’s prose are gorgeous. In her debut Placenta of Love she paints wistful, lavender dreamscapes, populated with playful childhood symbols. Placenta of love though, is also terse with eroticism…water-tight, but forbidden because as sexy as JiJi comes across. No matter how many times she wants “spankies” remember JiJi is a cat! And that folks, would be bestiality!
So, check her out!
My future ex-wife 🙂
Author of Placenta of Love from Eraserhead Press
Miss Spike Marlowe…JWA: What is Spike Marlowe’s writing schedule like? Do you have a word count goal? SPIKE: I write pretty much every day. Goals are based on current deadlines or what I want and need to accomplish. Typically, I spend 10 hours a day or more on writing and business details. I’ve spent almost all my waking hours on writing and business details for the past three months. JWA: Cigarettes, Coffee, Drugs (don’t worry, we’re cool), booze– do you like having any of these things close by while you write? SPIKE: I have been known to slurp lots of caffeine, often in the dubious form of Diet Mt. Dew when dealing with major deadlines. My veins are filled with the stuff from the previously mentioned last three months. Typically, I try to drink lots of water and herbal tea. I’m not one of the lucky ones who can do drugs or drink when writing. I need to be clear and unencumbered when I write. And I’m actually allergic to cigarette smoke, so no smoking, either. JWA: How long have you been publishing? SPIKE: My first sale was Placenta of Love, so since October of 2011. I’m a total publishing newbie. JWA: You and I were classmates in Garrett Cook’s January 2013 Writers Workshop with guest host J.David Osborne. I had finished my second reading of By The Time We Leave Here We’ll Be Friends by Osborne, which floored me. An amazing book by such a young talent, and I was a little nervous opening up the forum, and when I did, I see your pretty, feline face at the top of the page…I told my sister, “This is too much, these guys are going to eat me alive! JWA: Have you attended a lot of workshops? You know, not really. Mostly workshops at BizarroCon and Garrett’s, but I’ll tell you–they’ve all been fantastic. I encourage everyone interested in writing bizarro to check out the con’s workshops and Garrett’s offerings. JWA: Do you have any formal education in writing? SPIKE: Just the English classes we’re all required to take. The rest has been practice and asking for insight from peers with the occasional workshop. JWA: The death of Zampano’ in Placenta of Love and Captain Carl’s reaction was my favorite part of the book…the ignorance and naivety of Carl’s reaction was moving: “Oh” Captain Carl said. “He should have backed himself up.” “An important lesson for us all,” JiJi said. JWA: Could you explain Jiji’s reply? How you meant it? SPIKE: In this statement, Jiji was talking about how we, whether we’re robo or human, can cease to exist at any time. This is something to remember and to prepare for in whatever way necessary. For robos, this may mean backing themselves up in preparation to be reincarnated. It also gives Carl something to think about later in the book when he has to figure out what to do with Helen. JWA: Okay. Self-Publishing. Kindle and eBooks in general, what is your opinion? SPIKE: I’m excited that there are so many options for writers these days. It’s wonderful and exciting. I also think, however, it’s absolutely essential to remember if you’re going to go indie and publish yourself, it’s a business. Your product needs to be a *quality* product. This’ll mean investing in editing, copy editing, art and layout services. It also means you need to be sure you have the chops to write a good book. If you want success as an indie author, you’ve got to be able to compete with those more traditionally published books. I also love the idea of authors diversifying–going indie and traditional and making the most of both. It’s a mistake for artists to put their eggs all in one basket. JWA: So, as a Busker what exactly do you do? SPIKE:I can play some instruments, but only ok these days. Typically, I read stuff I’ve written. And people dig it. JWA: Will you be at Bizarrocon in 2013? I missed last years, something came up, and I let someone have my pass– not this year! If I have to hitchhike I’m there, I will be at Bizarrocon. SPIKE: Good! You should so go! I am totally planning on hitting it. Best con ever. JWA: So give us an idea of what to expect from Spike Marlowe in 2013! SPIKE: I *just* turned in a book called *Little Miss Battle Queen* to an editor. I’m waiting to hear if he likes it. My fingers are so crossed! The book is basically *Battle Royale* with tiny beauty queens. I’m so excited about this project. I’m also finishing up a story for a certain JWA’s queefrotica anthology. I think this story is really fine, strange and lovely. I can’t wait to see what you think. This is a special anthology. Some fantastic writers are involved and the proceeds go to charity. Finally, I’m involved with Annetta Ribken’s *Allegories of the Tarot* anthology. A lot of awesome writers are involved, and I’m really excited to see this project succeed. There’s an Indiegogo page for it here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/allegories-of-the-tarot SPIKE: Thanks so much, Jason. I so appreciate you taking the time to visit with me. Go buy Placenta of Love by Spike Malowe at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Placenta-of-Love-ebook/dp/B00676FYS4/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1369892885&sr=8-14&keywords=spike+marlowe