Interview with Izaak Diggs

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was twelve. It was about a pet cow and was absolutely terrible.
What is your writing process?
Sit in a room by myself. Put on "mood music"--(for Golden Bullet it was early 80s Cure and Joy Division)--and wait for the flood.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the first one I remember. It got me hooked on reading, though the sequel was kind of crap.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a bunch of chaos in my head--all sorts of images and colors and themes. I sit down at the computer, open an arts program, and roughly eleven seconds pass before I realize I am crap at designing covers and ask someone actually competent at it to design the cover. In the case of Golden Bullet, it was Candy Jones.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
American Psycho, Fight Club, travel books by Richard Grant, a number of music biographies. Why? I have no idea, I just love them.
What do you read for pleasure?
Right now travel books. In the past it has been musical biographies.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am old school, I don't do the whole Kindle thing.
Describe your desk
Organized by shape with key space set aside for my coffee cup.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The countryside of West Marin. We lived in this isolated house on top of a wind swept hill so I was alone a lot, just had my imagination as company. I always loved reading and starting to write just came naturally. Only late would it become the unholy obsession it is now.
When did you first start writing?
Early teens. The first long piece I wrote was quite possibly the worst historical novel ever. I was sixteen.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am fascinated by what constitutes entertainment these days. I see the viral videos and "reality" television and wonder how it will "progress" in the coming years. Also, I have a very dark, very sick sense of humor. Dry. Makes the Sahara look like the Amazon...or Portland.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Life makes sense when I am doing it.
What are you working on next?
A number of things. A travel series, a young adult series, a sort-of sequel to Golden Bullet.
Who are your favorite authors?
Chuck Palanhiuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Grant--honestly, I get as much from filmmakers like David Fincher and the Coen Brothers etc. as other writers
Published 2015-11-14.
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