Heather Scott Partington interviewed me re: THE STRANGEST, CCM, my forthcoming YA/NA title, FALTER KINGDOM, and more for The Rumpus.
Rumpus: What’s next for Michael Seidlinger, the man who has his finger in every literary pie?
Seidlinger: Well, I can’t really say anything specific but CCM (Civil Coping Mechanisms), the indie press I operate, will have a few new developments in the new year. In fall 2016, I’ve got a new book, Falter Kingdom, which just so happens to be a Young Adult/New Adult title, forthcoming with Unnamed Press, an exciting new powerhouse publishing house out of Los Angeles. I’m currently writing a memoir and just completed a novel influenced by my battles with alcoholism and depression. When I’m not doing all that, I’m dreaming of sleeping in and waking up whenever I feel like it. That hasn’t happened yet but, maybe, just maybe, it will. Someday…
Click here for the full interview.
Dennis Cooper’s best of 2015 includes numerous CCM titles, *this guy’s* THE STRANGEST, Mark Doten’s THE INFERNAL, Eduoard Leve’s NEWSPAPER, Sean Kilpatrick’s SUCKER JUNE, Lucia Berlin’s A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN, Eileen Myles’ CHELSEA GIRLS, Lidia Yuknavitch’s THE SMALL BACKS OF CHILDREN, Mark Gluth’s THE GONERS, Sarah Jean Alexander’s WILDLIVES, Gregory Howard’s HOSPICE, Tosh Berman’s JUNE 1, 2014, Molly Gaudry’s DESIRE: A HAUNTING, Pierre Guyotat’s IN THE DEEP, Ashley Farmer’s THE FARMACIST, Anne Garréta’s SPHINX, Johannes Göransson’s THE SUGAR BOOK, Oliver Mol’s LION ATTACK!, Ben Fama’s FANTASY, Noah Cicero’s BIPOLAR COWBOY, Sonya Vatomsky’s SALT IS FOR THE CURING, Thomas Moore’s SKELETON COSTUMES, Heather Christle’s HELIOPAUSE, Paul Cunningham’s GOAL/TENDER MEAT/TENDER, Joyelle McSweeney’s THE NECROPASTORAL: POETRY, MEDIA, OCCULTS, Gary Lutz’ THE GOTHAM GRAMMARIAN, Lucy K Shaw’s THE MOTION, Janice Lee’s RECONSOLIDATION, Mira Gonzalez/Tao Lin’s SELECTED TWEETS, numerous Boss Fight Books titles, and more.
Click here for the full list.
Powerhouse lit citizen Jay Slayton-Joslin interviewed me about Camus, writing Young Adult, THE STRANGEST, and more for Cultured Vultures.
So writing books, as well as creating them through indie powerhouse Civil Coping Mechanisms, what challenges does that bring to your writing and personal life?
Exhaustion, the threat of burning out. Hmm, the lack of a life or being able to actually sit still and not do anything. You know, just relax and, I don’t know, watch TV, without thinking about what I’m working on at the moment. I’m definitely a workaholic. There’s no doubt about it; I never feel right, “normal,” if I’m not working on multiple things at once. If I have nothing to do, I feel useless. Yeah, lots of long hours, less sleep, and the feeling of time passing at a rapid rate. I wish it would just slow down once in awhile.
Click here for the full interview.
If The Strangest were a holiday, it would be Halloween because everyone wants to dress up and pretend to be someone else, if even for one night.
Click here for the full article.
Read three excerpts from The Strangest–the first chapter (Lit Hub), the murder scene (The Offing), and the visitation (The Nervous Breakdown), and have a look at the rest of the book by following the link to buy (maybe) your copy:
Excerpt 1: The first chapter
Excerpt 2: The murder
Excerpt 3: The visitation
Click here to buy the book.
Check out the visitation scene from THE STRANGEST over at The Nervous Breakdown.
I am taken back to my cell.
With some certainty, I might have imagined the call.
Just like you forget to turn off the lights before leaving the apartment, it’s not really there until you are forced to return. The same thoughts bring me to a revision; I see and hear bits and pieces of the call and by the time I feel sick again, I will already be at the toilet, on my knees, ready to let it go.
I will have saved myself from having to clean up after my sickness.
Save myself from the small messes.
Click here to read the excerpt.
I wanted to quit social media but instead I let it run my life.
Click here to read the report.
And now for something a little different–a TNB Self-Interview wherein Meurks, the character, speaks to me, the author, and it’s all very anxious/awkward:
You know you could go out tonight. It’s Friday.
It’s always the same imperative–go out, bar, show, some reading,something. I’m tired, okay? I’m tired and I really should get back to this novel.
Click here for the full (self) interview.
Have at it. Meurks has some weird musical taste, huh?
Click here to listen.