Loren Kleinman interviewed me for The Huffington Post

Loren Kleinman interviewed me for the Huffington Post where she grilled me on everything from Civil Coping Mechanisms to the definition of Alt Lit. Here’s a snippet from the interview:

LK: How do you cope with rejection? How do you cope with resistance, meaning, how do you cope with doubt when writing?

MJS: It never gets any easier. It’s always there to fuck with your mood and maybe your day. I’m the guy that rereads a rejection 12 times, begins to cultivate some totally fictional hate-spun story about the reason for being rejected to make myself feel better. But I’ve gotten better at it lately. For the most part, I take the constant rejection in stride and figure that I’m going to keep trying no matter what so it doesn’t really matter. That’s what’s most important, I believe: Fight, retool, explore. Doubt is always there and it could easily be the death of your creative self. Don’t let it. Just keep going. Fight it by not backing down.


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I Am Other People

I had an awesome time talking with Brad Listi for the Other People podcast this past week. The episode is now available for listening. As a long time fan/listener of the show, being a guest is, what you might expect, a dream. Brad’s an awesome guy and extremely talented at facilitating a conversation in a casual and natural way. Never, not even once, did it feel like we weren’t just two people hanging out, shooting the shit.


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David Blumenshine interviewed me for Similar Peaks


David Blumenshine, the mastermind behind one of the more exciting new literary blogs forged as-of-late, Similar Peaks, asked me some questions, many of them that border on personal. Here’s a sample:

“what is yr process like?

“I have to stay interested in the piece I’m writing. I get tired of things easily so I’m always on a limited clock. This is probably why I write quickly; I become completely consumed by the piece I’m working on to the point where, sometimes (depending on the main character), I even get lost in the thoughts of the character. This is also why I almost need to write something definitively and with absolute certainty; if I’m not certain about it, I kill it off. I have a whole graveyard full of dead words. I’ve killed a lot and I will kill again. But I’m afraid of it—the killing. I’m afraid of what might happen if I stay with a piece for too long. The results can’t be good.”

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Eddy Rathke interviewed me for Monkeybicycle

Eddy Rathke is one hell of an interviewer. As per the style of the interview series, 52 interviews 52 weeks, each interview being 5 questions, Eddy chose those questions wisely. Some really great ones. Here’s a sample from the interview:

Mb: Along with the books you seem to always be writing, you also took over Civil Coping Mechanisms. How has publishing affected your own writing? What is your goal as a publisher?

MJS: I kind of view this as two pieces of one heart, if you will—I’m extremely thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to publish such an amazing array of talent. I’d be lying if I said the publishing side didn’t cut into my own writing. Got no room for any complaints though: I love every moment of it, be it the buzzed, alcoholic moments shared between publisher and author at a bar a the dead end of night or the anguished research and accounting that goes with keeping the books in check. I’d rather die than let this opportunity go to waste.


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Jessica Rawls interviewed me for Before Sunrise





Here’s an excerpt:

BSP: So it seems you’ve been a jack of all trades. How did you come about mingling with so many varying paths and which was your favorite?

Seidlinger: “I have no idea. I am never the person that remains indecisive. If I want to pursue something, I just do it. I don’t linger around the idea for long. It’s probably why I ended up in so many different scenarios. I also feel like I’ve mellowed out extremely since focusing on writing/publishing. Those days of venturing up and down an interstate, blacking out in a band practice space, blowing out my vocal chords at a basement hardcore metal show due to the PA short-circuiting and being too lost in the music to notice, seeing my hands dry, red, and swarming with rashes due to the various chemicals used to detail (clean) cars all day, even waking up at 2AM to drive around the suburbs with certain struggling artists thinking that we might have to break into one of the houses, robbing the place (desperation does crazy things), forming insanely impractical plans only to end up at the local breakfast place, shortly before dawn, consumed by the doom of seeing our music/art dreams dying before our very eyes due to a lack of funds… yeah, I guess I never lingered around the idea of giving an idea a shot; I just started it. With very mixed results.”

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Sarah Jean Alexander interviewed me for Publishing Genius


From the interview:

What is Michael Seidlinger’s mission statement?

Good question. It would have to do with being extremely productive, maybe the sappy and cliché “ be true to literary goals,” umm, but yeah, also making sure to take in your fair share of good reads and good booze. It’s always important to catch up with the community at conferences and important events. Honestly though, my mission statement would be: Write 1000 words and bike 2-5 miles. Daily. Since moving to New York I haven’t been able to fulfill the biking part. But I intend on making up for lost time, soon.

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