This week sees another release, and another edition of the author spotlight Q&As, so you can get to know a little about the authors behind our latest titles. This week, please welcome James Aquilone, author of comedic, urban-fantasy horror Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device.
Who are you and where do you call home right now?
Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. Sorry. That’s not really my name, but it does answer question number seven, doesn’t it?
My true name is James Aquilone, and I am a writer, editor, donut eater, and dreamer who grew up in Brooklyn, New York but now lives in sunny Staten Island, New York.
Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?
My latest book, Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device, is about a zombie detective who battles a drug addiction, his over-inflated ego, and an obnoxious homunculus sidekick. It’s mostly autobiographical.
I was inspired by zombie movies, Raymond Chandler novels, and Looney Tune cartoons.
My biggest challenge in writing it was my penchant for playing online chess instead of writing.
What are a few of your hobbies?
Starting diets. Pretending that I’m writing. And, of course, playing chess.
If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?
Donut sundaes. That’s where you load ice cream inside the hole of a donut and then cover it with fudge or butterscotch and whatever else you can find, and then warm it up in the microwave. I’m pretty sure I invented the donut sundae.
What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?
I’d like to increase my daily word count from 0 to 10,000.
What TV series are you into right now and why?
The End of the F***king World. Wonderfully dark and hilarious. And an amazing performance by Jessica Barden. Hopefully we’ll see more of her. (Maybe in a Dead Jack movie?)
What movie do you quote the most?
Actually, The Princess Bride isn’t it, even though I do say “inconceivable” a lot. It’s most likely another Rob Reiner-directed flick, This Is Spinal Tap. There was a time in my teens when I only spoke lines from the movie. It was confusing for my family.
What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.
Books. Towers and towers of books that will one day topple and crush me to death.
What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?
Depends on what I’m escaping from. If it’s a prison, I’d read a self-help book. If it’s life, I’d read something funny like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
What do you like to do on vacation?
Mainly, not work. But I also enjoy eating the local cuisine, visiting historic murder sites, and taking baths in hotel tubs.
Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?
I’d like to write a straight-up mystery, one with a living detective.
What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?
A cash-less wallet.
If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?
His name: Icarus. His tagline: “Damn the Sun!”
Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
Try my donut sundaes - coming soon to a food truck near you!
About Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device
Pandemonium: a twilight dimension of nightmare creatures, mythical beings, the undead, and everything in between. To Dead Jack, it’s hell sweet hell. In the first book of the series, the tortured, drug-addicted detective stumbles upon his most dangerous case yet, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Can the zombie P.I. and his associate, the homunculus Oswald, save the day? It won’t be easy. The duo must face rogue leprechauns, ghost pirates, a sex-obsessed shark woman, an insecure fire demon, and a goateed maniac who calls himself the Duke of Pandemonium. Good thing Jack’s getting paid in a ton of fairy dust!
The next installment awaits...Author Spotlight Question and Answer: Megan O’Russell