1 character from Balloon Animals will reappear in Living Dead Lovers…


Welcoming the ‘Big Fish’ Daniel Wallace…


JD: Have to ask this question to kick-off seen as I’m a Big Fish fan: how’s it been since Big Fish and Tim Burton’s take on your book? 

DW: So far, so good. Gotten married, gotten a job, two dogs, a house, flowers, friends who love me. Feel as if I am floating high above it all in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon.

JD:  Like Balloon Animals, there is an element of magic and the carnivale in your books, from Big Fish up to your latest ‘The Kings and Queens of Roam’. Where does that come from?

DW: I hate the circus, and freaks scare me, but yes, I write about that a lot. It’s a nice setting, full of interesting possibilities. Magic I play around at in the worst ways: stupid card tricks, even rubber hands hidden beneath a pillow, which isn’t magic per se, just juvenile. If I had to say something thoughtful I would say magic is a lot like storytelling.

JD: I see the words ‘comic’ and ‘poignant’ in my readers reviews. I see the same in your reviews, plus ‘tragedy’ and ‘comedy’ in both book descriptions. How do you feel about this tragicomic thing we’ve got going on?
DW: I feel a kinship, a brother out there I’ve never met, a harbor in a storm.
JD: Brother Daniel, your books tend to take place in rural areas as mine do. What is the attraction of that and its sense of place?
DW: I know, right? Small is better. Easier to get ahold of. It’s all there, wherever you are.
 JD: There’s a strange off-kilter almost dream-like quality to all of your books. How do you explain that quasi-reality? I ask because I get asked the same question and I can’t explain why I suspend reality.
DW: I think reality is debatable, and in my books I just take that to an extreme. It’s these moments of difference — of magic — which allow us to see what our quotidian lives really look like. Maybe.
                                                        Daniel’s Turn:
DW: Are you as tall as I am? I am the tallest writer around these parts: can you say the same?
JD: I’m not tall enough to reach the top shelf but I feel that I’m taller than you when you’re in my telly playing your cameo in Big Fish. Good question, tricky.
DW: Have you engaged in this sort of Q and A with other writers you have never met?
JD: Yes, Devotchka have a great tragi-comic quality in their music and Tom Hagerman has my book in his Kindle (that doesnt mean he’s read it). Actress Janet Varney also has my book on her Kindle ( ”   “) In July I’m doing a back and forth with Napoleon Dynamite’s on-screen brother ‘Kip’ or Aaron Ruell who is reading Balloon Animals in paperback. Again, his work is special, both in front of and behind the camera. You’re the first writer. Humbling or what? Meeting the creator of the work is secondary for me, its what that person creates is what counts and takes on a life of its own.
DW: How old are you, JD? 
JD: Depends on the day and time, D. If I’m looking after my two daughters ( 6 and 2) while my wife is away on business then my age tends to double. 38 to answer your question.
DW: Why do you write?
JD: It’s the only thing I’m anyway competent at … and I say that with honesty. It all began when I used to join the ítems on my mom’s shopping list with a narrative plot – the carrots were soon blaming the cauliflower for the murder.
DW: What would you do if you weren’t a writer? 
JD: I’d like to be a crane operator, one of those wrecking-ball cranes. I’d get up close and personal with those who have done me wrong in a previous life.
DW: What do you think of the film I just made?
JD: It’s got a haunting quality … but fire the casting agent. This Hermit crab in question clearly wants no part of this fiasco and wants to live up to its name. Never work with Hermit crabs, Daniel, you should know that by now. How ’bout a lobster? Now there’s a crustacean that loves the camera and is photogenic to go with it.

Napoleon Dynamite fans!! Coming sooner or later…


Napoleon Dynamite’s onscreen brother ‘Kip’, actor and director Aaron Ruell, talks about my book Balloon Animals and life in general

Living Dead Lovers coming this Summer!

She’s alive but he’s dead…

Living Dead Lovers follows the life and times of famed psychic-medium half-Romanian gypsy Nicolasia ‘Cabbage’ Moone, from her mute infancy trawling the roads of Europe to a fiery-tongued, hard-drinking, speed-loving clairvoyant with a complete disregard for human life, including her own of late…

Psychic medium Cabbage brings forth more than she can chew with a womanising dead racing-car driver, Marty ‘Magma’ Molloy, who doesn’t want to give up the chase.
Unfortunately, Cabbage has always possessed a sick fascination for deviants and perverts which she blames on her unconventional bohemian quasi-gypsy upbringing.

A twisted love-affair never meant to be ensues. Necrophilia: that’s what the sceptical call it. Romantics call it the yin-yang love between being and human being, light and oh so very dark.

Cabbage wishes to be with her dead lover but it’s not fair because she must take her own life, it’s not as if Marty ‘The Magma’ can come back to life – that wouldn’t be believable. However, a life-time of snooping around in the after-life and conjuring up old ghosts who never wanted to be conjured up has left Cabbage with a predicament: she isn’t allowed to die … she isn’t allowed to be with her other celestial half. The vengeful powers-that-be don’t want Cabbage the spirit-spy on their cloud because she’s spent a life-time hauling ghost-ass to the living. The motto of the Dead is: Don’t Call Us; We’ll Call you.

Cabbage resorts to suicide which becomes a morbidly sick failed pantomime. This is the most original right-to-die case the country has seen and all for the love of a man.

The impossible love story becomes a national scandal… And her guardian angel Mr. Brick Shithouse only makes matters more complicated.