Author Interview – Axel Howerton – “Con Morte” (Noir Fable), “Furr” (Modern Gothic Fairytale) and “Hot Sinatra” & “Uno Moss” (Detective Caper Thrillers)

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I have a really entertaining Author Interview for you this week, as we delve into the brilliant and eclectic worlds of author Axel Howerton.

Enjoy your weekend and happy reading 🙂

 

Hi there Axel, thank you for joining us here today to talk about all of your unique books and tell us more about your writing experiences.

Thank you for inviting me!

Let’s start with your novels themselves – “Con Morte” (noir fable), “Furr” (modern gothic fairytale) and “Hot Sinatra” & “Uno Moss” (detective caper thrillers). Please tell us more about their plots, themes and protagonists/antagonists, along with the worlds and adventures we will encounter when delving into them.

Hot Sinatra was my first published novel, which came out in 2013 from a small press in the US called Evolved Publishing. As tends to happen with everything I write, Hot Sinatra is a composite of styles and influences, namely my love of classic film noir, pulp detective novels, and quirky character pieces. I wanted to create a modern homage to Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, but modernize it without the usual pastiche style of just transplanting stereotypical characterizations to a modern setting…you know, those movies where the square-jawed tough guy hero talks out of the side of his mouth like Bogey, everybody wears fedoras and talks about gams and heaters.

I wanted to do something more organic to the story, so I created Mossimo Cole, a half-Irish, half-Italian orphan with all kinds of issues – first and foremost that he’s trying to live up to the legacy of his grandfather, a famous Hollywood P.I. that may have been the very basis for those Bogey characters. So Moss wears the hat, and he lives in his grandfather’s crumbling old apartment building, upstairs from a cantankerous old woman who was a wartime nurse. Moss gets mixed up with a miserable old bigot who was once a famous record producer. The old man claims to have had a rare, one-of-a-kind record of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald singing in one of his clubs, back in the forties. The record has been stolen and he wants Moss to find it. Is the old bastard out of his mind? Add in the usual speedbumps in the form of the Vegas mafia, Yakuza, a foul-mouthed Irish punk rocker, a pair of hired thugs who also happen to be underground sex performers and a gay couple, a redhead to die for, and her eight-year-old daughter and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

Uno Moss was actually a small collection of Hot Sinatra spinoff stories that was collected by Coffin Hop Press to mainly sell at conventions and personal appearances. Hot Sinatra is probably the most mainstream thing I’ve written. No monsters or mythological beasts (unless you count Frank Sinatra), no ghosts or metaphysical awakenings.

Hot Sinatra

Furr has been labelled many things – Urban Fantasy, Horror, Magical Realism, Modern Gothic Fairytale. The impetus was to write something that started out as a psychological noir, a “devolving mind”style piece, but have it turn into something completely unexpected. I am eternally fascinated with mythology and magic, with the esoteric pursuits of humankind and the possibility of hidden things we can’t comprehend. A lot of that finds an outlet in this book, even though, over the course of writing it, it became clear that it was actually about family, about belonging and finding your place in the world.

Jimmy Finn is a very confused, tortured, depressed and lonely man. He understands nothing about who he is, or what he may be becoming. All he really knows is that he doesn’t trust the stories his mother has always told him, and that he seems to lose his mind every seven years or so, losing his grip on reality, becoming more and more aggressive and more and more out of touch. He lives alone, fantasizes about devouring the woman across the street, and his only friend is his weed dealer.

Eventually, Jimmy is led to discover the truth about his family history, and it sets him free to become the man he always wished he could be. Even if that man isn’t necessarily human. The bigger problem is that no sooner does Jimmy Finn find the family he never knew, than he is pulled into a fight against a terrible dark magic that threatens to destroy them all. It mixes Celtic and Canadian folklore, noir sensibilities, romance, mystery and magic to create a thrilling story unlike anything else I’ve ever read. The publisher, Tyche Books, liked it so much they asked for a sequel featuring two of the side-characters, which has now blossomed into a series called “Wolf and Devil” which begins with my next novel Demon Days this spring.

Furr

My last novel, Con Morte, came out in the fall of 2017 from Coffin Hop Press as a kickoff to their new line of dark crime novellas, called “Noirvellas”. Having diverged from the devolving mind concept in Furr, I decided to explore it properly in this book, which is very dark and very violent, but ends (unlike most noir) in redemption. I wanted to break the rules there. Normally, in these kinds of books, the protagonist spirals out-of-control, causing their own inevitable demise through their selfish choices. I wanted to explore a character that not only realizes what a terrible force of evil they have been, but continues on that downward spiral as a means of noble sacrifice. It’s basically the story of a socially maladjusted man who goes by the name Jack Nada. He’s haunted by a friend that he couldn’t save, and has spent his entire childhood being labelled and mistreated and institutionalized. Jack was plucked out of that nightmare by a father figure that has subsequently turned him into a conscienceless killing machine. He’s been suppressing it all through drugs and avoidance, and rarely even speaks more than a few words in a day. The one exception is his daily trip to the coffee shop, where he has built up the tiniest of connections with the barista, an equally troubled girl in an abusive relationship. When she disappears, all bets are off, as Jack goes on a single-minded mission to find his only living friend, no matter the consequences. I think it’s the best thing I’ve written yet.

Con Morte

You also have stories published that you have been included in for various anthologies that you mention over at your website in the ‘Tidbits & Biscuits’ section at Got How? The Official Website of author Axel Howerton. Please tell us more about them, their themes and which ones are your personal favourites.

I’ve had numerous stories published, everything from science-fiction flavoured weird westerns (Tall Tales of the Weird West) to traditional hardboiled detective (Sleuth Magazine) to straight-up horror (Dark Moon Digest). I really try to explore a lot of different genres, different themes, different styles with my short stories. I would really like to spend more time and energy on finishing and submitting shorter work, but I’ve been very busy with novels over the last couple of years, and – with three or four more “Wolf and Devil” books in the works, that may not change soon. One of my favourite things with shorter fiction is being able to explore the side characters from my longer work, like the two Manlove & Kickerdick stories featuring the hired thugs from Hot Sinatra. The first was a holiday story in an anthology called Let It Snow, and the second was something of an origin story, explaining how they got into the hired legbreaker game, which was featured in an incredible anthology from Big Pulp called Clones, Fairies, and Monsters in the Closet, which was all stories featuring LGBTQ characters. I have a few more of those stories planned, so I’ll hopefully be able to work this on sometime soon.

Tales of Weird West

Finally, regarding your poetry, you mention that you have dabbled in writing it and have had some poems published online, along with joining a group called ‘Kintsugi Poets’. Please tell us more about the nature of your poetry, what particularly inspires it and the background behind what being a Kintsugi poet means/represents.

The Kintsugi Poets are a small collective of poets that share a website where we share poetry (and I’ll admit to being very remiss in my postings of late). The term Kintsugi comes from the very old process of repairing broken pottery by welding the pieces back together with seams of gold. This resulted in very unique and stunning pieces that became art in and of themselves. So, the idea of the Kintsugi poets is that we take the broken bits of ourselves, of life in general, and find the places to fill it with gold and create art from pain and destruction. Really, it’s a place for poets who tend towards darker themes to get together and share our work.

My own relationship with poetry is a very long and private one. It began with the books I’d find on my elderly grandparents shelves when I was barely old enough to read – Robert Service, Emily Dickinson, Robbie Burns – which planted the seeds for a lifelong love of words and the music inherent in them. When I was maybe eight or nine, I’d write these little stapled-together chapbooks of limericks and funny poems – one of them was called “Life is Like a Bowl of Cherry Pez”. I would illustrate with comic doodles and hand out to all my friends. By High School I was never without some ravaged, dog-eared journal full of sketches and poems and jotted down lines and phrases.

I was very big into Whitman and Thoreau and the transcendentalists. I got into the Beats, especially Burroughs. All through University too, I was forever scribbling in those notebooks, writing torrid, tortured verses about all of the girls I was hopelessly in love with. Then I found the right girl, and all the poems started being about her. Eventually, I stopped carrying the notebooks, but whenever there was any really important, life-changing event – my wedding day, deaths in the family, the births of my sons – I would find myself writing poetry again. I always go back to it eventually. And many’s the time that it shows up in my fiction as well. Furr has a poem that I wrote that runs through the entire book – first as a clue, then as a family credo, then as a battle cry.

“From the South three sisters fair
ran athwart the gloom
Dressed of fur and fierce of tooth
The maidens of the Moon”

Axel Howerton Furr

That was based on the story of the Welsh king Airitech, who had three daughters that would turn into wolves on Samhain, until a magic fife player showed up and enchanted them, so that his “hero” pal could kill them by shooting them with a single arrow.

What would you choose as your own personal mascot or spirit animal when it comes to you and your style of writing?

I want to say wolf, as that’s what I’ve been swimming in for quite a while now, but it would really be a bizarre cross-pollinated mutant clone of David Bowie and David Lynch. David Blowynch. It’s like a Chimera, but with really great hair.

If your novels were to be made into films (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?

I immediately go to somebody laconic and likable for Mossimo Cole in Hot Sinatra. Timothy Olyphant or Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Maybe Joseph Gilgun from Preacher as Moss’s Irish punker best friend. Emma Stone as the redheaded dame?

Furr is a little harder to call, although I’ve had people mention Morgan for the character of Devil Deville, Finn’s drug dealing pal, who becomes part of the title in the Wolf & Devil series. Yeah. JDM as Devil Deville and Margot Robbie, or Samara Weaving maybe as the Wolf, Jules Fallon. Somebody a little schlubby as Jimmy Finn, somebody that could still kick some ass though. Donal Logue. I love that dude. He’s basically me in an alternate universe.

I did actually try to do the pre-casting thing with Furr. I modelled the old uncle character on Tom Baker from Doctor Who, and the main female character on B-movie queen Tiffany Shepis. Trent Haaga or Sharlto Copley as “the hunter” and David Tennant or Tom Hiddleston as Simon Magus. There’s a Ktunaxa (Kootenay indian) character in there, old Bob Dylan, he is 110% Graham Greene.

Con Morte would need somebody unexpected, a little more intense and walking the edge. Joaquin Phoenix or John Hawkes maybe? With Chloe Moretz, someone with equal chops as the barista.

What do you think most characterizes or defines your writing? Do you have any writing quirks or themes that constantly crop up in your stories?

Tons of them. Family, self-acceptance, self-discovery. There’s always a lot of mythology and historical anecdote being used to inform my work. Poetry and music. Music is a huge one. I’m very influenced by the music I listen to, so I have to try and tailor that to what I want the story to feel like before I start writing. I will make up a playlist, scene by scene, and use the music to help me get into the emotion of that scene. Then I also use it to put myself back into the scene more easily when I’m editing and rewriting.

What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?

Time. Finding the time to be able to properly focus and give it the attention it needs. I have a hard time sitting down to write if I only have an hour. It’s a very immersive experience for me, and the longer I can lose myself in it, the more productive and the more creative I can be. It makes it hard to finish a long project like a novel, because I have to find wide windows of work time, in between day jobs and publishing work and time with my family. Most of the time I end up writing in spurts of 8-10 hours on weekends.

As for the easiest? Research. I love doing research, the weirder and wilder the better. If I’m investigating the history of the Knights Templar, or some kind of ancient demon worship, anything to do with the occult or esoteric, I will get totally lost in it and not come up for days.

Uno Moss

Who are some of the authors, musicians, poets and/or historical figures that inspire you?

The aforementioned David’s, obviously. David Bowie is my creative idol. He was so endlessly inventive and always pushing the boundaries, finding new ways to explore his art. David Lynch is my storytelling guru. He has such a handle on the subtext and subconscious elements of story and meaning. Add to that list: Ray Bradbury, the ultimate creative writer; Vonnegut, who wrote imaginative, weird fiction but filled it with humanity; Neil Gaiman, such a gifted storyteller and incredible world-builder. Someone who truly understands mythology and how it relates to modern life; Walt Whitman, who found beauty and love and passion in every word he wrote.

What sort of research do you do to write your books?

Only as much as necessary when it comes to the mundane things. If I can get away with calling it a gun, I don’t need to know the make, model and serial number. When it comes to the wider aspects though, I will spend months researching Italian Strega witchcraft before I add a single paragraph describing one little spell. I feel it’s incumbent upon me to make sure I get the details right when I’m describing someone else’s culture or beliefs. Those are things that are worthy of respect, much more so than if the light green Toyota hatchback I mentioned in chapter twelve didn’t actually exist until two years after the timeframe in the book.

Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?

It’s a frustrating life sometimes, and I’ve honestly gotten so downtrodden and so exhausted that I’ve tried to quit. Inevitably, I end up standing in the dark at 3am, scribbling in a notebook because some new idea has popped into my head in the middle of the night. I can’t not write. It’s like breathing. I want to tell stories. I want to explore what it means to be human in this time and place. I want to explore what it could be like to be in different times and different places. Our imaginations are universe factories. I’m just choosing to write mine down, to record them, and fine-tune the details before I roll them out there to exist on their own.

Coffin Hop Death By Drive In

What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?

I find that I need to change direction entirely. I’ll draw, or play music, or paint. Read a book that is in no way connected to anything I’m working on (usually non-fiction). Sometimes it takes weeks of Netflix and comic books and picking out blues riffs on the guitar before it finally clears itself up and the solution becomes clear. I find that slumps and blockages are always because there’s some intrinsic problem with what I’m working on, something I can sense, but not yet identify. Once I can see it, I can fix it, but sometimes that takes a while.

You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Quit hiding. I spent so many years saying I was going to be a writer, that I was going to be a filmmaker. I spent decades scribbling down stories in notebooks, typing up drafts that I’ve never shown to anyone, scripts that are still buried in boxes in my basement. All because I was afraid of being rejected. Afraid of failing. Afraid of finding out I wasn’t the best, right out of the gate. Now I know that it’s all vanity and fear and ridiculousness. I can’t even imagine how farther ahead I might be if I’d started even five years earlier.

How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?

Mostly hanging out with my wife and our boys. There’s nothing better than snuggling on the couch, watching Bob’s Burgers, listening to my kids laughing, having my arms around the people I love and trust. I also try to sketch and paint, play guitar and harmonica, just anything to keep me creating.

AB Negative

Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?

Wolf & Devil: Demon Days should be out in Spring 2018, followed by the rest of the series, tentatively titled Bone Machine, Bloodletting and Temple of the Dog, followed by the final book Devil’s Due. Initially I was hoping to have them all written by 2020, if not published by then (that’s up to Tyche Books). I also have plans for a sort of steam-punk post-apocalyptic time-travel epic called Rust, and a humorous magical realism take on local Canadian history during the 1800’s called Whoop-Up! About the “Indian Wars” and the beginnings of the Northwest Mounted Police during the era of the whiskey runners. I also have two more Moss Cole books in the planning stages, and untold numbers of short story ideas in those many, many notebooks lying all over my office.

Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?

Don’t give up, but don’t ever think you’re good enough. There’s always something new to learn, some technique you are unaware of, some style you’ve yet to come across. Keep reading, keep studying, keep writing, and keep changing. Expose yourself to as many different styles, opinions, cultures, and viewpoints as you can. That’s the only way to get better and wiser and become the storyteller the world needs.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for entertaining us all Axel, we can’t wait to start enjoying your stories soon 🙂

Bio:-

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Axel Howerton is a former entertainment journalist, and the Arthur Ellis Award nominated author of the detective caper “Hot Sinatra”; the modern gothic fairytale “Furr”; the zombie novella “Living Dead at Zigfreid & Roy”; and the noir fable “Con Morte”. His forthcoming “Wolf & Devil” urban fantasy series for Tyche Books kicks off with “Demon Days” in February 2018.

When he’s not on-duty as a “purveyor of literary badassery” and “hometown anti-hero”, Axel wanders the foothills of Southern Alberta with his two brilliant sons, and a wife that is way out of his league.

You can connect with Axel via the following Social Media channels:-

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Website:- Got How? | Official Website of Author Axel Howerton

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35. Using Day One as a Morgue File – Eric L. Barnes
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197. Laurel Grove loves… – Feeling like Cinderella?
198. Bridges that Breathe – Reflections!
199. The Zen Hiker – Brilliant
200. Muse of the Day – Everyday Strange
201. Adil Musa Official Blog – 10 Most Instagrammable Brunch Spots
202. Brilliant Experiment – techshe
203. Twinkle Star! – Silly Shruti – A door to my thoughts…
204. Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss – Brilliant Ideas
205. Walk With Me – Please be seated
206. Stuck: The 5 Signs… – Success Strategies
207. Musings of a Random Mind – Could I Be A Space Alien?
208. Never Doing Self-Portrait… – stoneronarollercoaster
209. Arriving? – 25more
210. Walk with God – Be Brilliant
211. I look for you, everywhere. – Emotions That Matter.
212. Strip – KerDoodle Village
213. Powered by Robots – A Brilliant Dawn
214. Your Ass-Sets a Low Bar – Author Flawed to Perfection
215. Channing Tatum – Musings
216. This is just Brilliant! – suziland too or obsolete childhood
217. Islamic Golden Age – Islamic Methodologies Made Easy
218. A Short Conversation – So I Did
219. sarishboo – The Liebster Award
220. Lilith Chapter 1 (Horror Series)(*Adult Content) – Jajabor, The Nomad
221. Failure – Journey
222. thoughts and entanglements – Bundle
223. How brilliant of me! – Emovere
224. Brilliant colours – Life is great
225. Brilliant – Wellness is your birthright
226. Tuesday Quote – Strange Days
227. Glow (fiction) – stephentotheplate
228. Indigo Delicatessen – Food Photography – Curious Cat
229. bogpan – Horses are tearing in sulphur and volcanoes
230. Just another girl and a maze – THEGIRLVERSUSWORLD
231. Brilliant – Curious Steph
232. Six Chalices – Oh, border!
233. Awakening – Quilted Poetry
234. Scrambled, Not Fried – After Reading Joyce
235. Smart – Vox Humbug
236. THAT Sentence – I’m a Writer, Yes, I Am!
237. Lost in the Woods
238. MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO – Brilliant
239. New Uncharted Territory – Blissfully Bianca
240. HUMANSFORCATS – DAY 2: 6 six-word cat stories (tails)
241. Sexy, Smart or can you be both? – IdeasBecomeWords
242. Change and Grow! – My Life.. My Thoughts..!
243. Two down, one to go! – Mark Robert Shaw
244. Brilliant: He was brilliant – bhavyaprabhakar2017
245. Brilliant Escape – What if We all Cared?
246. Relax – Still valid after all these years
247. Blase’ – (Immaculate Deception)
248. Success Inspirers World – Why I admire you
249. What a brilliant Idea! – DD’s World
250. What’s A Successful Blog – Sketches By Nitesh
251. Is It Crazy? – emotionsoflife2016
252. Brilliance – chicken scratch
253. Special – Ink Soaked Soul – Megha Bhartiya
254. CONNECTED – Brilliant
255. One Red Balloon – You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
256. Brilliant – Image & Word
257. Haiku on Brilliant
258. sarishboo – Fear Is Temporary. Regret Is Forever.
259. Necromancers and Mages – Writing With Some Ink and a Hammer
260. Ink – Writing With Some Ink and a Hammer
261. brilliant – Freedom
262. Piper’s Adventures – Brilliant: Beginning of a New Day
263. To the great man upstairs… – The Journey
264. Weather and Intelligence – Just Writing!
265. Brilliant – constant VARIABLE
266. sonja benskin mesher – :: wading in treacle ::
267. Viking Boats #poetry – Short Prose
268. donut. – A Lipp to Lend – Brilliant
269. My Patronus Is a Butterfly – Think Outside The Toaster
270. Time Travel in Dubai – Journeys of Len
271. lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown – My Brilliant Career in Film and TV
272. the15thday – thought i’d give it a bash. but…
273. Because he is The Lion – My weird, crazy and mundane life Journal
274. booleanlogically – Is it here?
275. KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog – brilliant red
276. Brilliant – Day to Day – tsreboots
277. Hot White Snow – Brilliant But Bonkers
278. In With The Old – Matt Seeley Poetry
279. Sunset – Melanie Bisson
280. Left becomes Right – Poetry By Jeremy
281. Brilliant Silence – Beach Books
282. Wallie’s Wentletrap – Roses in the Window #writephoto
283. Dronstad – Memorylane
284. Brilliant – Sgeoil
285. This Moment – Of Course
286. I’m brilliant – mydailylife@kochi
287. I’m the favourite child – Parent Ergo Sum
288. Underwater Chase – Zeckrombryan
289. ….on pets and prisoners….. – daily prompt: brilliant
290. The Coffee Shop Pt. II – Ta An Speaks
291. Sean Hogan – Follow The Fox
292. Perception – This Girl’s Got Curves
293. Science Traveler – Join Me for My Ask Me Anything #AuthorsAMA
294. The London Milkman – Wells Baum
295. if i wake up blind – Release
296. Possibility Dazzles (Flash) – The Hummings Of Gobnait
297. Mission Bell Uganda 2017 – Stew Rd.
298. Criminal instinct in children : let’s try to remove it from the roots
299. Designer Sophisticate – Things that make you go, “Hmmm…”
300. Moral values of an AI – Megha’s World
301. B_ live – To be a Genius
302. Brilliant – My Wellbeing and Learning Journey
303. Cimmerian Sentiment – Out Of Sorts (Part – 18) Snow Angel
304. Survived – Around the World
305. Guilty Pleasure: – Much To Tell About Nothing

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