Justin Sirois

Biography

Justin Sirois is a writer living in Baltimore, Maryland. His books include So Say the Waiters, Secondary Sound, MLKNG SCKLS, and Falcons on the Floor written with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy. Justin received individual Maryland State Art Council grants in 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2011 and a Baker "b" grant in 2011

Smashwords Interview

What was unique about the setting of So Say the Waiters and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
KidnApp, the App that lets people schedule customized kidnAppings, makes the setting for the series unique. Though it’s set in a typical American city (Baltimore), the tension kidnApp gives the story turns everything upside-down. Characters, nicknamed Waiters, are constantly wondering then they might disappear. After submitting their request, they habitually check their cell phones as the 48-hour kidnApp window depletes. Takers, the kidnAppers, are constantly on the prowl. That layer of the App and social network is ever-present. There’s no hiding from it. That’s what makes this series so different.
What specific themes did you emphasize throughout the novel? What are you trying to get across to the reader?
“Submitting” is a big metaphor in the series. Waiters literally submit their kidnApp requests. The fact that the App company has completely control over you during that duration of time really shadows our current relationship to social media like Facebook and Instagram. They have a great deal of power over us. As the villain of the series develops, the reader begins to see what the abuse of those powers might look like.

When I started the series, I thought to myself, “What if Mark Zuckerberg was a total maniac?” “What if he just did what he pleased with an administrative cell phone version of Facebook?” “What exclusive features would his special version of the Facebook App have?” Those possibilities really blow the narrative of So Say the Waiters open.
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Books

Falcons on the Floor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,390. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Book one of the Fallujah Burning Seires. Two young Iraqis leave Fallujah on the eve of the devastating siege of their city. They learn that, no matter how far they try to run from the war, it’s always close behind. Book two of the Fallujah Burning Series is titled The Last Book of Baghdad, out in June 2016.
So Say the Waiters Book 3
Series: So Say the Waiters, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 74,180. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
As Haymaker gains popularity and power within the kidnApp network, his influence over people grows to the point of jeopardizing the company. Book three explores his rise to power and exactly who he has been manipulating the entire time. Hugh Howey, author of Wool, says, “[kidnApp is] so real, it’s almost creepy.”
So Say the Waiters Book 2
Series: So Say the Waiters, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 74,170. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Book 2 of Justin Sirois’s So Say the Waiters explores the history of kidnApp long before everyone carried cell phones. While Henry and Dani become accomplished kidnAppers, it’s Glen Haymaker, one of the company’s co-founders, who is stealing the show—and maybe more. He is more concerned about the public spectacle and becoming a celebrity within the network than sticking to the company’s ethics.
So Say the Waiters Book 1
Series: So Say the Waiters, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 72,150. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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100 FIVE STARS ON AMAZON Henry is hired by kidnApp, an app and social network that lets people kidnap each other for fun. The only problem is, in order to become regional manager, he has to become a seasoned kidnapper first. Dani, a young bartender and indie rocker, is his only real hope at learning the trade. Together, they make the most unlike team as they both begin to navigate the subculture.

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