Short, Sharp Interview: Todd Morr

Todd_Morr_Jesus_cover_CMYKPDB: What’s going on now? 

Just recently moved from Southern California to Central California.  So I’ve been adjusting to life here on the central coast.

PDB: How did you research this book?

Well, most of it takes place in my old hometown of Oceanside, so I knew the locations.  I read up on weapons I’ve never fired and my Dad offered some advice on what hand grenades are like, which I only kind of used.  Really though, I count heavily on my ability to lie to make things believable.

PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

Captain Cooker, it was the first thing anyone ever published of mine, so that’s hard to beat

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?

I just caught Pulp Fiction again on T.V. and it still kicks ass and If Goodfellas is on I’m watching.  It’s hard to pick a book, Stephen King’s stuff probably made me want to write when I was kid.  Reading Richard Stark ( I know Donald Westlake but all my favorite stuff is under the name Stark), Elmore Leonard, and Robert Parker made me want to write the kind of stuff I do right know.  Same with songs, my favourite song changes all the time.  The Randy Rhoads stuff with Ozzy back in the 80’s inspired me to play guitar, so I guess I’d go with that.  Currently liking Justified and Better Call Saul (I loved Breaking Bad) on the T.V., but if repeat watchings count I’d have to say South Park.

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

Yeah.  Oceanside is a big part of Jesus Saves, Satan Invests and Captain Cooker.  The book I just finished takes place in an unnamed mountain town, but all the locations are based on real places.  I think location can be like another character.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

Too often, at least once a day.

PDB: What’s next?

I have three short novels more or less done that I’m hoping to find a home for, a sequel to Captain Cooker, a rural home invasion story, and a sci/fi horror thing. More short stories should are on the way as well.

me and my guitarBio: Upon graduating from Adams State College with a degree in fine art Todd Morr decided if he was going to be a starving artist, he preferred playing music and writing.  He lives in Salinas, California with his wife and children.  He has had short stories published in Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter 8, Out of the Gutter Online, The Big Adios, Death Throes Webzine, and in April will have a story in Spelk.  His first novel, Captain Cooker was published by Snubnose Press and his second, Jesus Saves, Satan Invests, is out now from Spanking Pulp Press.  He can be contacted on twitter at @ToddMorr1

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