Today I am pleased to introduce author and creator of her own genre, Charie D. La Marr. We both had stories featured in James Ward Kirk’s Bones, which you can check out by clicking on the link in the sidebar.
ENGLE: Thanks so much for stopping by! Can you please share some interesting details about yourself?
LA MARR: Sure! My name is Charie D. La Marr and I am a 60 year old Long Islander. Up until recently, my work has been as a ghostwriter, but I have decided to step away from “being other people” to write as myself. As a ghostwriter, I hit #1 on Amazon in multiple categories. I am primarily known as a ghostwriter in the field of sports – mostly baseball, and I have had at least one book go to #1 on Amazon in 2 different categories. After learning about Bizarro from my boyfriend, author Alex S. Johnson, author of the wacky western Bad Sunset, I created a genre called Circuspunk (listed at Urban Dictionary) and sold a book of short stories in the genre to Chupa Cabra Houaw called Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie. This came from my 9 years experience working as a professional clown. Circuspunk is often irreverent and tongue in cheek, but it comes from a deep love of the circus. I also have my first Bizarro book Squid Whores of the Futon Fish Market coming out early next year with JWK Fiction. Wait until you see Stephen Cooney’s cover. It is killer! I also has upcoming stories in Alex S. Johnson’s heavy metal anthology Axes of Evil and Shwibly Magazine, James Ward Kirk’s Bones and Ugly Babies 2, In Vein for the benefit of St. Jude’s Hospital, Chupa Cabra’s We Walk Invisible, Dynatox Ministries’ Witches!, Ripple Effect for Hurricane Katrina relief, Surreal Grotesque, Oneiros Books CUT UP! and other anthologies. I was September’s featured writer at Solarcide. I am known for writing in many different genres from crime to bizarro to erotica and even Seussian. I am currently editing a trilogy of Circuspunk anthologies called The New Whakazoid Circus—the Greatest Show on Paper. Get your stories in now, folks! I am also co-writing two memoirs with people.
A redhead with a redheaded attitude, I live in NY with my mother and son and fur children Bailey Corwin, Babe Ruth and Casey Stengel. I am a life-long die hard Yankee fan.
ENGLE: Amazing! What a great list of anthologies. Can you talk about your writing process?
LA MARR: I am a wing-it writer. I never make notes. Generally I know the beginning and ending of a piece and I take it as a challenge to get all the characters to the right place at the right time so that my ending can take place. I love that challenge.
ENGLE: Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?
LA MARR: Contemporary fiction. I have written seven novels and my goal is to start selling them. My favourite is a muti-genre work – a half contemporary/half historical supernatural thriller with erotic overtones. Most of my novels have art history in them in some way or another – kind of like Da Vinci Code. I studied a lot of art history in college and love art.
ENGLE: Sounds extremely cool. What 5 books have influenced you the most, and why?
LA MARR: Cat’s Cradle, As I Lay Dying, Don Quixote, The Great Gatsby, East of Eden. And probably a million others. But those because I think learned the most from them as a writer. I take something away from everything I read. Faulkner must have been out of his mind to attempt to write a book with 17 different narrators including a dead woman bouncing around in a coffin, but damn if it doesn’t work. But for anyone interested in writing Bizarro, first read Juvenal. His satire is killer. He lived in Rome in the first century, but if he was alive today, he would be a New Yorker for sure.
ENGLE: If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?
LA MARR: This is a work of short stories, but if I could cast one of them, I think it would be “The Milk of Human Kindness”, and I would cast Johnny Depp as Thomas Carrion, the American entrepreneur and owner of The Circus of Horrors. His eyes would say it all. He would bring the compassion to the character.
ENGLE: What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?
LA MARR: Book the next flight to Paris. Take empty suitcases. Shop. A Lot.
ENGLE: Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?
LA MARR: Yes. I have become a Craigslist junkie. And when I take breaks in my writing, it is to run over and look for vintage furniture at Craigslist. Anybody know where I can find a vintage dictionary stand?
ENGLE: I sure don’t, but if anyone else does, please mention where in the comments. What do you do when you’re not writing?
LA MARR: Read. Play with three adorable little dogs. Restore furniture. I have a degree in Interior Design.
ENGLE: Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.
Theresa Walsh paused in front of the brick wall and read the message. DEATH TO COPS. She shuddered, crossed herself and kissed the cross on the rosary beads she wore around her neck. Then she continued on with her bright blue container of Morton’s salt, sprinkling the ground before she walked on it. When it rains, it pours. She had two extra containers in her purse. She was getting low. She would have to stop in the next grocery store she came across and buy more.
Awesome! Thank you so much for being on the blog. I wish you all the success in the world and hope you get that trip to Paris very soon.
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