Interview with Slick Masse

When did you first start writing?
My first writing that I can recall is from the 2nd grade in 1982 at Jefferson Elementary in Redondo. It was titled, "How the tiger lost his stripes". That's the year after I had seen the Cincinnati Bengals for the first time and they beat my Rams, I've been a fan ever since. I still have the book to this day and when I read through it, it makes me laugh because I lied about when it was written and published (1975).
Who are your favorite authors?
Bukowski, Orwell, Bradbury, Robert Anton Wilson, Hunter S. Thompson, Salinger, Darwin, Dennis Lehane, Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, Kerouac, Philip K. Dick, etc.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work. If I didn't work, I'd never leave the house. I hate work but it forces me to socialize with other beings which is how one get's laid.
Describe your desk
Littered with beer and whiskey bottles, bottle openers, credit cards, pens, paper, a pipe with months old weed in it, random business cards.
What is your writing process?
Procrastinate for months then finally explode. I usually write it down on paper then have a bottle with me and transfer it over to the computer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a pretty great area, skating distance to the beach. I never felt rich or well off because I was always more comfortable in the gutter.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I get some that I don't know personally, I can answer this more accurately.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Hmmm, I'm more of a short story writer so I may compile a bunch into a book someday.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having an excuse to be alone and no one can argue it, especially girlfriends, hahahaha!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Randomly searching and finding a cover or title that intrigues me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, drinking, women, cooking, gardening, biking on my strand cruiser and not one of those glow in the day bicyclists.
What are you working on next?
BB the Rat.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Animal Farm hit me good, loved the whole uprising against the people in power.
Published 2018-05-24.
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