Wednesday, June 19, 2019

20Q7A: An interview with Danger Slater

20 Questions, 7 Answers is an interview series for writers of genre fiction. Each author receives the same batch of 20 questions, but they may only answer 7.

This week's guest is Danger Slater.


What's your latest book, and how does it differ from your previous work?

DS: It's called Impossible James and differs from the other works in that the story and characters are different. Haha. It's about birth and death and infinite regression, and relationships, and obsession, and horrifying body modification, and corporate culture/greed, and it's about fathers and sons, and nature versus nurture. I think I get better with each new book, so let's just say it's the best thing I've ever written.

If you could invent a new sport, what would it be like?

DS: In high school my friends and I would play a game we called Power Thunderball which I don't think there were many rules to except it involved nets and hitting each other with balls a la dodgeball. I think we borrowed the name/idea from that Upright Citizens Brigade show they used to have on Comedy Central.

What's the best movie, new or old, that you've seen for the first time in the past 3 months?

DS: The Beach Bum by Harmony Korine and starring Matthew McConaughey blew me away. It's so...singular in its point of view, and so unwavering in its tone, aesthetic, and delivery. It made me happy and sad in equal parts and really helped show a lot of the world from a new perspective. I thought it was an amazing film. Plus it features the Snoop Dogg/Jimmy Buffet duet you didn't know you needed.

If you could be reincarnated as a sentient but inanimate object, what would you like to be?

DS: Scarlett Johansson's chapstick.

What is your writing environment like? (Are you out in public or in seclusion? Is there noise? Is there coffee? Do you type on a laptop or write longhand on lined notebook paper?)

DS: It varies. I'll write in bed some days, or in the living room at the coffee table. Other days I'll pack up all my stuff and go to the library and write there. And yes, there's coffee involved. Lots of coffee.

What happens when you die?

DS: Your body goes to a morgue where scientists are allow to take parts of it for their Frankenstein monsters. That is what being an organ donor means, right?

What's your secret?

DS: I let my cat write my last book for me. He's just a dumb cat. He didn't know I stole it. Sucker.


Danger Slater is the Wonderland Award winning author of I Will Rot Without You, Puppet Skin, He Digs a Hole, and Impossible James. He is the world's most flammable author.