Interview with Jay Freen

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the forests of Humboldt County, California. We were a large family, at least in the beginning. My dad was run over by a car when I was six months old; my mother was eaten by a dog just before my first birthday. My siblings met their maker in the usual variety of violent ways in which chipmunks exit this world. By the time I was two years old (middle-aged for a rodent) I was left alone. That's when I stumbled upon the abode of one Sedgely Robuck (not his real name), in the middle of the arboreal vastness that his stoned colleagues referred to as Big Ridge. For many years--into old age--I secretly lived off the crumbs that Sedgely dropped daily all over his "hooch." Sedgley never knew of my existence, which is funny because I came to know everything about his life. Thus was born "Supra: A Brief History of Cannabis in America." My first novel, I like to call it.
Why did you write this book?
For the money. And, so far, I've made over ten dollars in royalties. Do you know how much granola you can buy with ten bucks? Basically, I'll never be hungry again.
Isn't the title of your book a little misleading? When I downloaded it I thought it was a work of non-fiction.
Really? My bad.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
What kind of publisher would touch a book written by an aging chipmunk?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Like I said, the hunger thing is history. Also, people come up to me all the time and scream!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The royalty checks.
What do your fans mean to you?
Have my fans have been mean to me? I wasn't aware of that. That's scary.
What are you working on next?
It's a semi-autobiographical novel about a squirrel who leaves his home in Yosemite to seek fame and fortune in the San Fernando Valley porn industry. It's already been optioned, or something like that, and is on numerous short lists.
Who are your favorite authors?
Henry Miller and Nora Roberts.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It used to be food. But now, with my stash, I usually sleep all day.
Do you have anything more to say to your growing army of fans out there?
Stay back! I've got a gun!
Published 2014-03-26.
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Books by This Author

Supra: A Brief History of Cannabis in America
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,100. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is a tale of two seekers from San Francisco who create an empire of stoned guerrilla growers in the great north woods of California. Jump ahead to 2034. Log, the village-that dope built, is a time warp theme park, harking back to the glory days of the 60s and 70s. Here visitors can re-enter a bygone era via exhibits at the Musée du Dope or inhale real cannabis at the Hashbin Café. A fun read!