Interview with Pete Malicki

When did you first start writing?
In primary school. I wrote a short story about the Onion of Death. Somehow that character made its way into my first ever novel, which I completed when I was eighteen. Fifteen years later, I wonder what the heck was in the drinking water where I grew up...
What's the story behind your latest book?
"The Travellers' Guide to the Afterlives" is the definitive guide to life after death. I discovered a way - through astral travel - of worming my way into the afterlives of a bunch of different religions.

Quite simply, if you want to know which religion will bring you the best eternal life, you'd better read this book!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Oh, definitely the insane amounts of money I earn. Last week I bought THREE packets of noodles.
What do your fans mean to you?
Actually, I love it when I get fan mail. Having a stranger contact me for the explicit purpose of telling me how much they like my plays or books is frikking awesome. Warms me to my bones.
What are you working on next?
My current major project is a play I've been commissioned to write and direct called Time Travel. It is an incredibly complex tale of inspiring leaders from the past and present, nicely mixed in with deep space and its various woes.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like a bit of everything, bit Neal Stephenson and David Foster Wallace are standouts for their sheer genius and mastery of the English language and no doubt the Dark Arts. I also read a lot of non-fiction and love Naomi Klein and Jarod Diamond.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Bills.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If you've read my bio, you might have an inclining. I'm developing several arts and entertainment businesses and their associated products, plus I write and produce/direct a lot of theatre. Oh, and I have a full time job as well.
What is your writing process?
I come up with a lot of ideas but tend to sit on them for a long time before writing anything with them. As International Literary Manager of the world's largest short play festival, Short+Sweet, I come across thousands of scripts and the biggest problem is the ideas being thin or one-dimensional. I like an idea to brew for at least a few months until it has enough complexity and texture to be really interesting and thought provoking, rather than being a good idea with no substance.

Mechanically, I type it all up on a computer. Nothing exciting there.
How do you approach cover design?
By approaching a designer.

I come up with a concept of what I want the design to look like then speak to a professional. I'm great with MS Paint, but that doesn't really cut the mustard these days. I like a cover design to be eye-catching and engaging and reflect the tone of the book.
Describe your desk
It's made of wood. It's a fairly standard desk. Who came up with these questions?

This isn't even a question!
Published 2016-10-01.
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Books by This Author

Monosauce: 30 award-winning monologues
Price: Free! Words: 50,760. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2016. Categories: Plays » Australian & Oceanian, Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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"Monosauce: 30 award-winning monologues" is a collection of the most popular works by internationally-acclaimed monologue expert, Pete Malicki. These pieces have won 19 major awards between them and been performed over 600 times around the world. They are funny, moving, relatable, relevant and written specifically for actors. The volume is formatted so you can print and start rehearsing today.
The Travellers' Guide To The Afterlives
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 120,110. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Religious
This is the most important book in the history of literature. What if your afterlife was a dud? Would you want to spend your whole life following a religion if it led you to a terrible eternity? In this fun-filled guide I visit Heaven, Hell, Hades, and the afterlives of the Buddhists, Jehovah's Witnesses and Australian Aborigines. The definitive book to change your (eternal) life!
The Ten Minute Witch
You set the price! Words: 4,310. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
What would you do if a witch wanted to eat you? Where would you run? Where would you hide? The streets of Cutopia are no longer safe. The Ten Minute Witch is in town and she is looking for one last ingredient to put in her omelette: a little girl or a little boy!
Anthology of Short Fiction
You set the price! Words: 13,340. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A collection of published and award-winning short stories by author and playwright Pete Malicki. Fiction on a range of topics, often exploring the unusual, always done unusually.