Interview with Nolan Whyte

What's the story behind "Late at Night"?
"Late at Night" is a collection of short stories. These are pieces I've written over the last ten years that have either disappeared or were never really seen to begin with. They're mostly drinking and sex stories, two things that usually happen, yes, late at night. It's not a long book, but it has some funny bits. It's a good little introduction to my work.
What is "Comeback Road"?
"Comeback Road" started as "In the Van on Comeback Road," which was a fiction series at the website It ran on that website back in 2006-07 and received a very enthusiastic response from the visitors to the site. I've published it as a eBook a few times and I'm happy that it's now available on Smashwords. It's about a guitar player who is going through a divorce, going through some tough times, and he ends up with a band of young players on a cross-country tour. Each time I look at it again I'm surprised by its humor. It's older now, but it's still pretty funny.
What's the deal with Among The Humans?
Among The Humans is a novel that percolated for a very long time before coming together. It started out as a single prose poem about a Bukowski-type bird character, an alcoholic writer, which I later illustrated with a series of simple paintings. A few years later I had the character of Carter J. Lizardman, this sleazy lizard who hangs out in strip clubs and sometimes acts as a loser detective. I eventually started working on a graphic novel series for the two of them, but I wasn't happy with the artwork, so I eventually wrote it as a straight novel.

This is the seventh novel I've written, and it's the first one that I think is really good. It's the first one that I would re-read for pleasure. It deals with isolation, loneliness, love and longing, creativity, art, and friendship. Like me, it's both nihilistic and hopeful, dark and funny. I think it's a hell of a book, I really do, and I'm very proud of it.
What is "About a Bird: Poems from Jerry the Bird"?
Jerry the Bird is the narrator of the novel Among the Humans. He's a novelist, but during the novel he starts writing poetry, hoping to impress the girl he loves. "About a Bird" collects a few of his poems. It gives some shape to Jerry's life outside the novel, providing biographical clues. It also features an interview with Jerry by an underground paper, an excerpt from Among the Humans, and "The Bird" which was the first piece I ever wrote for this character.

Oh, and it's free.
Published 2014-06-04.
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Books by This Author

No Honey
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,930. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Vampires, robots, and sex-fuelled wizards wander the landscapes in this exploration of the erotic imagination. In five short stories and a novella, author Nolan Whyte confronts the reader with the most basic of emotions, as lust and need shape the decisions we all make. At turns tender and savage, sensual and hilarious, No Honey is a fast-paced collection of sex, love, and magic!
Suggestion Box: Fifty Poems
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is a collection of fifty poems, each based on a single word. The words were suggested by the author's online community, and the results are at turns inappropriate, heart-breaking, and hilarious.
About a Bird: Poems From Jerry the Bird
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,430. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
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About a Bird collects the poems written by Jerry the Bird, the beer-soaked and hard-boiled star of the novel Among the Humans. Included are several poems, a chapter of Among the Humans, an interview where he opens up about the success of his novel, and the last thing he ever wrote, a story titled "The Bird (A Very Short Novel)." A great introduction to an amazing character.
Among The Humans
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 60,090. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Beer-soaked and hard-boiled, Jerry the Bird is doing his best to fit into human society. He has a fledgling career writing mysteries, but when his lizard best friend drags him into the search for a missing stripper, Jerry finds himself living a dime-store mystery instead of writing one, all while trying to win the heart of the girl next door. Dark and hilarious, Among the Humans is unforgettable.
Comeback Road: A Rock and Roll Adventure
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,290. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Coming of age
Comeback Road is loaded with beers, bars, and guitars. Terry is a washed-up rock musician looking to get his career back on track. He finds a few young players to back him up, and in no time he's in a van, crossing the continent on a tour full of drinking, fighting, falling in love, and breaking up bands. A hilarious look at the hard-luck heroes of rock, Comeback Road is endlessly entertaining.
Late at Night
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,970. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Nothing ever good happens late at night. But strange things happen, and questionable decisions are made. "Late at Night" is a collection of short stories, and many of them take us into the night, when drinking, sex, strange ideas, and poor judgement have their way. Full of humor and desperation, the seven stories here take us all the way from the street to the bar to the bedroom and beyond.