This is the point being missed by readers who lament Liquor's lack of hot sex scenes, probably because they aren't old enough to understand that a passionate relationship could be about anything other than sex.
Some of the food in Liquor is food I've really eaten filtered through a veil of fiction.
I certainly wanted to write a book that was honest about New Orleans without explaining it to death, so much so that the first draft contained references absolutely incomprehensible to anyone who hasn't lived here for several years.
I've tried to avoid labels, but they always find you.
And I can't think of a reason I'd ever use a pseudonym, as I wouldn't want to publish something that I didn't like enough to put my name on it.
I certainly don't think I would have been asked to pose for Rage if I wasn't a known writer.
My childhood may have been more demented than most, because I learned to read very early and was allowed to read whatever I wanted.
I think film had a terrible effect on horror fiction particularly in the 80s, with certain writers turning out stuff as slick and cliched as Hollywood movies.
In France, for instance, one magazine writer was convinced that On The Road had been a huge influence on Lost Souls and was crushed to learn that I hadn't read the one until after I'd written the other.
In high school I was the dog, always, and I never have felt comfortable or right in my body, and part of my whole exhibitionist thing has probably been a way of testing to see whether or not I really was this repulsive creature that I felt like for so long.
In the Netherlands I read the first chapter of Exquisite Corpse to an audience that laughed in all the places I thought were funny - an experience I've never had in America!
My dad told me that no one could ever make it as a writer, that my chances were equivalent to winning the lottery - which was good for me, because I like to have something to prove.
Yeah, I think A Confederacy of Dunces is probably the perfect New Orleans book.
Celebrities, even insignificant ones like me, are created to be abused by the Great Unwashed.
I don't like to talk about work in progress, but the novel I'm working on now is definitely not horror.
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