Short, Sharp Interview: Mike McCrary

remo cover front (2)PDB: Can you pitch REMO WENT ROGUE in 25 words or less?

MM: REMO WENT ROGUE — A drunk, wise-cracking attorney has a crisis of conscience and throws a case against his psycho clients. His good deed goes heavily punished.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

MM: I’ve been listening to shit ton of The National and Metric along with renewed love of AC/DC, Zeppelin and Floyd. Oh yeah, the Only God Forgives soundtrack along with the movie are the balls as well. I know I’m way late to the party on these guys, but I’ve been reading Ray Banks and Richard Stark lately and loving it.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

MM: Maybe. Only if the book is really, really fucking good. Of course if it’s that good I’ll go through the process of beating myself up with thoughts of “You can’t write like this. You suck. Why do you bother? Asshole.”

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

MM: I do. I’ve written screenplays in the past and will continue to do so. It’s a much different way to write, but it forces you to be economical with your words instead of blathering away in order to hit a 50k or 60k word count. Scripts are all about page count.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

MM: Depends on the book. Outside of the obligatory Google search, I might pick up a book or two on a particular subject if needed. Otherwise just reading crime fiction is probably the bulk of my research.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer

MM: It’s important mainly because people tell me it is. I don’t really know if Twitter begging does anything for your book sales or not. Maybe it does. I try to keep up with it all, but fail miserably most of the time. What’s on the cards for 2014?

MM: Working on a new book, a script or two, maybe a short story complication. Just keep pushing the elephant up the stair man.

BIO: Mike McCrary is a screenwriter and author. His short fiction has appeared in Out of the Gutter, Shotgun Honey and The Big Adios.

Mike has been a waiter, a securities trader, dishwasher, investment manager and an unpaid Hollywood intern. He’s quit corporate America, come back, been fired, been promoted, been fired again. Currently he writes stories about questionable people who make questionable decisions. Keep up with Mike at @mcmccrary or