Death by Zamboni
Author David David Katzman
A sweeping American romance spanning five American generations in America.
Oh, wait, that's some other crappy novel. In Death by Zamboni, you'll follow our anti-hero Satan Donut through a world of mimes, TV stars, zombies, blockheads, mad scientists, riot grrls, and werewolves. This genre-busting satire shish kabobs the commercial-entertainment state which degrades our lives and makes everyone stupid. But on a happy note, at least you've got your health.
Meet the man with two names. Okay, it's one name, repeated and NO, it's not a typo! David David Katzman brings the cowboy to the urban city where he finds inspiration for his stories. One of his writing exercises is to stroll around empty lots strumming Ebony and Ivory on his guitar. It's pure poetry and brings joy to all the concrete farms in the area. It's a public service really, well...an animal service. So giddy up partner because this week's twisted author is square dancing all the way to gold country. I have no idea what that even means, but it sure sounds like a whoop-hollering good time --- Yeee haaawww!
What you need to know about David David Katzman:
Time for the speed round of Q&A - TMI. This is were it gets personal!
Q: Tell us two truths and a lie about yourself.
- I’m a pathological liar.
- I cannot tell a lie.
- I once ate poop.
- I can’t count.
- Oh wait, you said one of them had to be a lie?
A: Errm. Since you said “things,” I can’t call out ideologies, so I’m going to have to go with oil, coal, and nuclear weapons and power plants. Is that four? I told you I couldn’t count. It's tough medicine, but I think such an amputation is one of the few changes that could save our species from extinction by global warming. And good morning to you.
What do you think is the biggest myth or misconception about being a writer?
If life was like the Breakfast Club, what character stereotype would you be and why? (i.e. athlete, basket case, princess, criminal, geek)
You mentioned that your next book is very different from Death by Zamboni. Why did you go a different route? What influenced or inspired the concept for creating A Greater Monster?
A: The reason “why” is simply because my mind lead me there. It’s quite likely that every book I ever write will be radically different from its predecessors.
I think many if not most authors get an inspiration for a character or a storyline then map it out and start filling in the chapters. And they often latch onto a consistent writing style to tell their stories. I, on the other hand, start stream of consciousness free writing and then see where my instincts take me. I begin to follow tonal and stylistic traits that appear in the writing. Eventually I pick up a thread of continuity in character or story and start playing with it. Adding elements that may or may not connect but just seeing where it leads me. After several years of this, I finally discover the connections and elements that tie together. I begin filling in missing scenes and weave it all together. At that point, I begin revising and rewriting. And rewriting. And rewriting. The entire process of writing my second novel took seven years and fourteen drafts. The novel was truly born from my subconscious mind. Frankly, plotting things out in advance bores me. I wouldn’t enjoy writing that much if I knew what was going to happen before I wrote it. I prefer to be surprised.
As far as inspiration and influences, I wasn’t consciously influenced by any writers. If there is one thread that runs through both Death by Zamboni and A Greater Monster, it is that I set out to write something original—as a work not just as a story. In other words, every story written is to some extent unique, but I seek to push beyond an original story and to create something that exists as an original form as well. Or a story (or non-story) told in an original way.
Although I didn’t consciously turn to any writers for inspiration, several artists inspired me. I frequently envisioned the scenes I was writing as tableaux, as sculptural moments and they often looked like paintings by Mark Ryden (http://www.m) and Todd Schorr (http://www.to.ddschorr.com/Paintings). Other writers … I did channel some stylistic elements as I went into my writing trances. Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland was there, William S. Burroughs and Naked Lunch was there. There’s one character, a squid, I wrote in a Proustian fashion. But mostly, I wrote from my heart and my gut.
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