Interview with Mike Watt

What are you working on next?
SON OF THE REVENGE OF MOVIE OUTLAW is currently in the works. This third volume in the increasingly popular series will take a look at movies like Mick Jagger's debut PERFORMANCE; the rarely-seen hitman love story BULLETPROOF HEART; the notoriously (not as) awful DOWN AND DIRTY DUCK; Seth Green and Jeffrey Combs in THE ATTIC EXPEDITIONS; Frank Henenlotter's BAD BIOLOGY; f/x superstar Gabe Bartalos' SKINNED DEEP; and many more!
Who are your favorite authors?
This is an ever-shifting category. The folks who consistently stay in my top slots are Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, Harlan Ellison, and Christopher Moore. I also have an affinity for the first 2/3 of most of Alan Moore's work.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching movies and avoiding writing.
What is your writing process?
I get up, mill around, and avoid writing as long as possible. After backing myself into a corner, I begin resentfully by tapping random keys. Once I've finally built up a head of panic, the magic just pours out.
How do you approach cover design?
Fortunately, my travels as a journalist and editor have brought me in contact with a platoon of talented artists who have created joy and rapture for my books. Some of these geniuses include Ryan Hose, Matt Gilligan, Mike Okamoto, and Romik Safarian.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In no particular order, my favorite books include Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett's GOOD OMENS, Kurt Vonnegut's BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, Joseph Heller's CATCH-22, Mike Resnick's SANTIAGO, Christopher Moore's LAMB and A DIRTY JOB. They're all heavy on characterization and experimentation. Wonderful stuff.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly non-fiction, oddly enough. My current reading choice is Michael O'Donohue's biography, MR. MIKE.
Describe your desk
Folding TV tray covered with TV/DVD remotes and a thin veneer of dust.
When did you first start writing?
I remember distinctly beginning my first novel at seven years-old. It was a childish reworking of BLADE RUNNER minus any sense of logic or structure. But it was filled with illustrations that seemed to indicate a grasp of Impressionism as well as grape juice stains.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The aversion to full-time employment. This is still the primary motivator. Unfortunately, the economy is winning.
Published 2015-11-25.
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Books by This Author

Movie Outlaw
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 140,590. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts
From filmmaker and journalist Mike Watt comes a new collection of essays focusing on more than 70 "underseen" films. These include "lost" films like Johnny Depp's directorial debut, "The Brave"; "Don's Plum", the film that Leo DiCaprio sued to hide from the public; Mauritzio Nichetti's sexy live-action/animated comedy "Volere Volare"; "The Ghastly Love of Johnny X", the last 35mm b&w sf musical!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,180. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
The only thing we have to fear, we're told, is fear itself. In Phobophobia, the first fiction collection from award-winning screenwriter and journalist Mike Watt, ordinary people going through everyday events are subjected to nightmares beyond their imagining. "There is a twisted skein of darkness running through all of Mike's work..." -- Amber Benson (author of Death's Daughter) from her intro
Movie Outlaw Rides Again!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 193,460. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
From filmmaker and journalist Mike Watt comes a the long-awaited SEQUEL to the beloved Movie Outlaw collection. Brand new collection of essays focusing on another 70 "undeservedly underseen" films, such as, "Crazy Moon" starring a Keifer Sutherland; the hilarious "Frankenhooker"; "Jane White is Sick and Twisted"; Terry Southern's "The Magic Christian", "Nightbreed", "Cafe Flesh", and more!