Justin Sirois


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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