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Please Welcome James WF Roberts
John Booker is dead. Or is he death? Faded, washed up late night TV host, drug addict, sex fiend, John Booker is bored to death. He wakes up one morning believing he is the king of the dead. Drug induced psychosis? Or something much scarier? Is he really falling through different realities? Is he really turning into the King of the Dead? Can he really see the sins and the secret desires, the hidden truths that lie in the heart's of all men? Told backwards through an email he sends to his partner in crime, the deviant, addict and tortured woman, Helena Huntington-Dale.
The Saga Continues...
Characters from the book
The Author James WF Roberts
The Red Fox
About The Author
James WF Roberts (Red Wolf) , award winning poet Runner Up, Page Seventeen Poetry prize 2012 (Busy Bird Press Aust), Highly commended for the John Shaw Nielson poetry prize, Fellowship of Aust. Writers 2009/10. Performance Poet on stages around Melbourne and country Victoria, Australia.
Has appeared on Red Lobster Poetry TV show, hosts his own poetry and spoken word show radio show on www.phoenixfm.org.au Several times, James has been short-listed for the Fermoy International poetry prize (Republic of Ireland), has been in horror and poetry anthologies in the USA (Spirit of Poe Literary Land mark press 2011/12) and (Slaughter House vol. 3 the Serial Killer edition, Siren's call publications.
As well as many other poetry journals in print and online in Romania, India, the United Kingdom and Australia. (see inside for complete publishing details). He is also the editor and curator of the online literary journal: Red Wolf Press Australia, http://redwolfpressaustralia.blogspot.com.au/
Now Let's take another deeper journey into the life of the author with Five Questions we asked him during his interview.
Hello James! Thank you for agreeing to come back and speak with us again it is an honor and a privilege.
Hello to you and thanks for having me again, so soon, the honor is all mine. For those of you who don't know me here's a little information up front.
My name is James WF Roberts, I am 33 and am a Melbourne based writer and spoken-word artist, involved in the Melbourne poetry scene. Today we are talking about my Transgressive/meta-horror/erotic fiction series ‘Tuesday Suicide’. So far parts, or acts 1 and 2: Confessions and Spree have been released in e-book and paperback formats, available through all leading retailers, published through Black Beauty Presents LLC.
That's great James, Let's Get Started!!!
Tell us about your book(and series).
“Sexy, edgy, beautifully written with masterful twists and turns”.
Vanessa de Largie Australian Actress and Author.
Tuesday Suicide—the ultimate party drug has hit the streets of Melbourne. More euphoric than smack, more addictive than crystal meth—does Tuesday Suicide really turn you into a vengeful God, or is it all a drug induced psychosis? John Booker is dead! Or is he death? Fading late night TV star John Booker is bored to death with life. No drug, no sexual conquest, nothing fulfils him anymore. He wakes up one Friday with the clarity seldom found in the modern world... What would push you over the edge? What if you were losing your grip on sanity? What if you could travel through time, space and reality randomly without control? The first act of the Tuesday Suicide saga, Confessions sets up the narrative structure, sets up the motivations of John Booker and his only companion Helena Huntington-Dale—a dark angel of desire, lost, troubled, Heroin addict and the love of John’s life. As they embark on a drug fuelled violent and sexual frenzy through the streets of Melbourne on a quest for purity, justice and revenge. On the hunt for the leaders of a notorious ring, will revenge bring clarity and transcendence or will their blood lust know no end? Who can they trust? Will their obsession, their devotion to each other, be their undoing? And will Helena learn the truth about her best friend and drug dealer Ursula before it is too late? It is a strange hybrid book series, part police procedural, part confession, part women’s melodrama, part erotic memoir, with classical and philosophical allusions all the way through. I have been working on the idea of this series for several years, 2005 is when I first started writing a novella called Escape to the New Dawn, which became Voice, then became zombie zeitgeist, which became morte de poet then became Flesh and then I settled on the title Tuesday Suicide. The main inspiration for the heroin, Helena Huntington-Dale; Helen of Troy, the Arthur Legend, Mallory Knox from Natural Born Killers, Rosemary West; but the most important influence on Helena would be two good friends and colleagues of mine, Rebecca Lee, who plays Helena in the book trailer and publicity stills I took, she is a model so it helps having a model as the basis of a character—and her personality is based on my mentor and friend Vanessa de Largie (Australian actress, writer and Huffington post blogger), who gave me a little bit of a blurb for Confessions when it came out. And John Booker is based on myself of course and the actual astrologer, soldier and mathematician John Booker who fought in the English civil as well as the poor unfortunate man, John Booker, the US Marine who attacked a base a few years ago. I like splicing things together. But the influences of the book itself run from everything, from Dante’s Divine Comedy to the American Psycho to Natural Born Killers, I basically set out to write an old fashioned anti-hero myth, a Hercules, Arthur or Odysseus for the Cyber age. It is extremely violent, sexy, edgy, philosophical and quite sad and beautiful towards the end and the end is not what the readers are going to expect.
What would you say is the one thing are you most passionate about?
I would have to say Transgressive art. I am not a person for rules or constraints, or boundaries and I am most passionate about characters and ideas that break away the bonds of limitations, the boundaries or conventions of form or style. People like Seth Macfarlane, Freddie Mercury, Allen Ginsberg, Brett Ellis Eaton, W.S. Burroughs and Vanessa de Largie have always been huge influences on my work and my life.
Can you name something you cannot live without?
Oh yes. Two very strong addictions, I know you said one thing, but for me it would have to be two things equally, coffee and cigarettes.
If someone who hasn’t read any your book and they asked you to describe it (the elevator pitch!) what would you say?
A very flawed man, a faded celebrity wakes up one day and thinks he is turning into the King of the Dead, the grim reaper. Imagine you were that man, could see and feel all the evils of the world, what would you do, how would you behave? Think of Natural Born Killers, meets Dante’s Divine Comedy, meets Junkie, meets American Psycho meets Requiem For a Dream. Imagine the strangest, darkest and most tragic love story, that is the closest you can get to where Tuesday Suicide inhabits.
Has writing this series had an effect on you and how you now live your life?
I like to think of writing, especially my style of writing to be somewhere similar to ‘method acting’; I don’t think you can be a writer without having some sort of neurosis or psychosis—and I certainly don’t think you can write dark and twisted, erotic, transgressive things like the Tuesday Suicide—without some sort of adverse effect lingering around. It sounds strange but I sometimes think that writers are more than just a little dissociative, I actually think that they inhabit the worlds they create—that writers create worlds and populate the worlds with real flesh and blood characters—and sadly that takes a toll on relationships, emotions, lifestyles and sadly one’s own emotional health.
This has been a very enlightening experience. Thank you for being so open and forthcoming.
Thank you Sarah & Margaret, it has been my pleasure. To my fans: Thanks for reading, James.
You heard it here!
For more information about James and his books, please take a look at his full interview here at Rukia Publishing, and using the links below.
Meet The Author
Amazon Author Page
Red Wolf Press
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