Interview: Theo A Gerken

carrotI asked Theo A Gerken about his book, The Carrot Man and his experience writing it, and his answers are every bit as unconventional as his book.

How much of you (your experiences, your personality) is your characters?

The book is about 90% reality, 5% made up, and 5% condensed. It’s actually scary how heavily based on reality it is.

Are you working on a new book, if you are what’s it about? 

Not right now, my book is doing 3.3/5 on Goodreads over 30 reviews, so pretty good for a first writing project. 10-20% of people give it 1 or 2 stars just because they were offended or didn’t like the narrator. So that brings down the rating a lot. The people that like the humour, tend to give it a 4 or 5. Humour does tend to be an all-or-nothing kind of thing.

I am working on a mixed martial arts (MMA) comic however, and the 3rd biggest MMA news site (according to Google) has agreed to publish it. It’s about a fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. That’s my latest project!

What was the hardest part about writing this book? 

Starting. When you start, most likely, you just made a decision to WASTE 200 hours of your life. Your brain is telling you “No, don’t do this, it’s a waste of time,” all while there is a SERIOUS chance your brain is right. Statistically speaking, in terms of writing projects started that lead to nothing, your brain IS right.

Your book is quite experimental, why did you choose such a difficult genre? Who are your influences?

I took “write about what you know” to the very extreme. I just took reality, polished it a little, rewrote it 15 times, and turned it into a book. The genre is both weird and awkward, it’s how it turned out!


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