How Long is a Piece of Rope: Eric Christopherson

Crack-up by Eric Christopherson is available for UK Kindle for 89p

and for $1.25

Eric Christopherson was one of the very first people I came across when I first took my writing online. He was one of the most helpful, generous and articulate members of the writers’ site Youwriteon (and later Authonomy), where he goes by the username Datahog. It’s a real thrill to get to speak to him about Crac-up, one of the first books by someone I knew taht I remember starting to sell in serious numbers.
Eric is a former police officer and federal government consultant with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a graduate degree from Duke University. He is represented by John Rudolph at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management in New York.

He was born in California, grew up in New England, and has since lived throughout the United States and a bit in Asia. He now lives in semi-rural Ohio with his wife, Seiko, and a fetus (a boy, due this month).

So, what does Eric have to say?

1. Crack-Up is way better than a two-fingered proctology exam, but one day I’d really like to be as good as a one-fingered proctology exam.

2. You will just love my book if you enjoyed the Osama Bin Laden season finale, but if you’re a fan of Snooki steer well clear

3. Music comes from the barrel of a gun

4. How do you see the role of food in the contemporary thriller and where Crack-Up fit into the spectrum?
I think mastication is something best done in private, and the less said about it the better, but for the sake of realism I do have this one line in Crack-Up: “You stay with me,” Hideo said when we were eating, lifting his wrinkled, box-square face from a bowl of hot noodle soup he slurped deliriously, like a vampire at the scene of mass genocide.

5. How would it affect the direction Crack-Up takes if the action were moved wholesale to the set of Glee in chapter 7?

Couldn’t possibly gay it up anymore.

6. When you’re writing, would you rather look out at the sea, or in at your thoughts?

I would rather be in the sea when writing. Still waiting on weatherproof laptop…

7. When writing, do you start at the beginning and keep going, or start at the end and work back?

I start at what I think is the beginning but it never is.

8. A great villain or a great hero?

Tolstoy said the best stories don’t come from good versus bad but from good versus good. So two great heroes.

9. Crack-Up will change the way a reader looks at the person talking to himself on the train.

10. How long is a piece of rope?

Ten questions long, and I’ve just hung myself with this piece.


~ by danholloway on May 27, 2011.

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