Interview with Max Stravagar

Why did you feel the need to give your readers a nick name?
I felt the publishing world was sleeping on this long overdue idea, so I decided to name my fan readers “The Scrablers” because I wanted to honor them in the way this new generation of millennial musicians and singers have today.
Are you where you want to be in your career?
Not even close but I’m sure I will get there, however, if I don’t my happiness doesn’t depend on it. I’m like a lot of people who are not satisfied with their job or career position.
Have you ever come across any of your fans?
Yes, their great for some reason I tend to meet them at sports bars and ball parks
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot to me.
How did you come about creating a new genre?
I notice everything thing I wrote was something the reader have not read or seen in films, twenty plus years ago I wrote about ago a gangsta who is killed tragically and is giving the ability to make his way to heaven, it was a novel idea now you see it in entertainment. Mix genres are my thing it makes thing interesting.
What is the name of your Genre for those who do not know?
Its call New Crime fiction, no relations with modern crime fiction, although it has more in common with Crime novel then anything.

New Crime-Fiction (noo, nu), adj. (krim), n. 1. a crime committed in a unique or new fashion 2. a distinct theme, plot and motif not ubiquitous to crime fiction or its subgenres and may incorporate elements or cross over all other genres.
What was the feeling like when you first got published?
Well in grade school, both my poems were published however, one of the two was stolen and it reach number #1 in the school magazine book and lead to a real publishing contract; the effect or fallout would be felt for years, I literally lost billions of Ideals worth, so it took a really long time to write stories again however, I knew I could not let it get me down, when I self published 2007 and 2010 the feeling was happiness and joy, I kick backed my chair and videotaped it for proof, later I celebrated with a beer and watched a few football games I missed. : )
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happen to you?
As a teen I got addicted to soaps opera’s which are one step away from a chick flick, I love them a lot the film legally blond is my favorite, the genre helps to fuel some of my creative writing, once I got caught watching a CFF, and gotten ragged on by my bros, after that I now admit it freely and every morning I jump out of by bed an yell “I love chick flicks!” just don’t tell anybody keep this between us ok lol
What is your writing process?
I watch a lot of everything from T.V/Films/Cable all the while critiquing each scene and plot, it fuels my writing so much, sometimes I have to much to play with...I welcome the burden lol
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The life of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. It had not a single impact on my written career...however, my political dreams was born.
How do you approach cover design?
If I see a cover I like, it inspires me to design my own. The Spiritzoo cover was inspired by "The Godfather" cover.
What was the writen process like for your first book?
When I completed my first draft I thought I was done, I was wrong, that was back in 1995. I decided to put it away because the second draft was a total mess I intended to work on it for another time, after the 911 attacks I thought it was time again, the spiritrisen has gone under a few other names In 2005 - 2007 I tried to self publish it on amazon but could not because of their logging confussion and limitation, I self pubished it on myspace and other small book sites similar to amazon and smashwords, 2006 was the year l finally felt like a true author.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I do not a five favorite books I hardly read books. I much prefer to see the film or hear it on audio.
What do you read for pleasure?
Nothing really.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do not have one other then web files and Microsoft word...yeah I know it bad lol
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
that's a trade secret...lol
Describe your desk
My desk is a big giant speaker which at the moment my computer is sitting on.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Queens and partly raise in the Bronx, the gangs I joined as a kid including trafficking for the mafia influence my written put it this way the things I wanted to write but never got around to do so, would have made me a billionaire many times over.
What is the name of your Genre for those who do not know?
Its call New Crime fiction, no relations with modern crime fiction, although it has more in common with Crime novel then anything.
When did you first start writing?
I was in grade school when my teacher ask who would like to be in a written class, immediately I raise my hand. I was third best that year however, I didnt reach the number #1 spot, only because that day the top two writer didn't attend school...lol

BTW my brother was one of them
What are you working on next?
I am working on a short story about the mob..its going to be epic.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had to many stories in my head that needed to get out and play...lol
Who are your favorite authors?
Mario Puzo, Chazz Palminteri, Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Money, Power, Woman
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I eat take a bath brush my teeth, meet up with friends writes a little and the next day repeat. lol
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
online
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
it was in grade school our assignment was to take different cartons that we liked and work a new story around it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Its about a guy who has become a gangster his pass has come back to haunt him he finds himself murder, in heaven he has a second chance.
Published 2019-01-16.
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Books by This Author

Music Star Eyes
Price: Free! Words: 2,840. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Urban
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
MUSIC STAR EYES is a reminder of the fragile spirit and strong will in the face of tragedy, tells a fictionalized story based on real events, and gives you a bird’s eye view of the 1960’s sexist and drug music business side of the industry,were sometimes worse than the casting couch of Hollywood.
Mirror Mafia
Price: Free! Words: 13,210. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Urban
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Mirror Mafia is a coming of age story set in the past and present, some of which is rooted in real history from the author’s life. “A Bronx Tale” and “Goodfellas” inspired, It portrays teens growing up in “The Life” in contrast to those born into a mafia family, set in the 80's and 90's in the south and east Bronx.
Garcia Gangsta (short version)
Price: Free! Words: 15,430. Language: American English. Published: December 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
New Crime Fiction Author M Stravagar Presents The Spirit-Risen: A page-turning debut similar to Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come, and The Shack by William P. Young, and The Godfather by Mario Puzo.
Hope River
Price: Free! Words: 13,550. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
“A powerful and inspirational must read…nothing like it” - DWS, USA Today The New Crime Author M Stravagar presents HOPE RIVER: A coming of age story, when Doug is free from slavery with the help of Tracy his mother, her will and determination, will alter their lives for better or worse. Inside you'll receive the making of the story including a Secret Bonus
Wiseguys Don't Cast Shadows (Short Version)
Price: Free! Words: 6,790. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Coming of age
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
"The next generation of crime novels 2018." - DWS, New York Post The New Crime Author M Stravagar presents WISEGUYS DON'T CAST SHADOWS: When wise guy Joe is scammed out of his retirement money in the process in finding the thief he discovers they are forced to steal, his next decision will decide the fate of everyone even his own. Inside receive the making of the story including a Secret Bonus
The Spiritrisen (Short Version)
Price: Free! Words: 15,370. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
"A major contender for best novel 2018." - DWS, New York Times. New Crime Author M Stravagar presents The Spirit-Risen: Is a crime fantasy, similar to The Shack by William P. Young. A gangster is brought back to life by an angel, will he recognize this gift in time or will he squander it. Inside you will receive the making of the story including a Secret Bonus!
The Spiritrisen Golden Blood
Price: Free! Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
The New Crime Author M Stravagar Presents The Spiritrisen series, Golden Blood, similar to Richard Matheson, What Dreams May come. In this latest crime fantasy installment the true purpose and nature of Cafes life is revealed, while a court room decides the fate of a terrorist group, Cafe must make tough decisions but will he recognize his options and opportunities in time or will he squander it.
Wiseguys Shadows Don't Follow The Rules
Price: Free! Words: 13,250. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2018. Categories: Screenplays » Crime, Fiction » Young adult or teen » War
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
"The next generation of crime novels 2018" - DWS, New York Post The New Crime Fiction Author M Stravagar presents WISEGUYS SHADOWS: When wise guy Joe is scammed out of his retirement money in the process in finding the thief he discovers they are forced to steal, his next decision will decide the fate of everyone even his own. Inside receive the making of the story incl
Hope River (Small Version)
Price: Free! Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
“A powerful and inspirational must read…nothing like it” - DWS, USA Today The New Fiction Crime Author M Stravagar presents HOPE RIVER: A coming of age story, when Doug is free from slavery with the help of Tracy his mother, her will and determination, will alter their lives for better or worse. Inside you'll receive the making of the story including a Secret Bonus
The Spiritrisen
Price: Free! Words: 27,250. Language: American English. Published: January 22, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Crime, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
"A major contender for best novel 2018." - DWS, New York Times. New Crime Fiction Author M Stravagar presents The Spirit-Risen: Is a crime fantasy, similar to The Shack by William P. Young. A gangster is brought back to life by an angel, will he recognize this gift in time or will he squander it. Inside you will receive the making of the story including a Secret Bonus!