Featured Interview With P.G. Sundling
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in L.A. and I’ll probably die in L.A. I lived in Colorado for 4 years, but I get antsy when I leave Los Angeles longer than 10 days. I’m a cat person, but I don’t have pets because I don’t want to mourn their loss. One of the worst was when my black cat got killed by a pumpkin on Halloween Day.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
My parents thought the creature cantina scene in Star Wars would be too scary for me. I had to settle for reading Star Wars. I had the movie memorized before I ever saw it. I’d made up stories since I was about 5, but Star Wars was when I knew I wanted to be a writer. I wrote poetry since I was a teenager. It was a poem and a misdirect that I used to trick my wife into proposing to me. When she asked me to marry her, I said, “yes”, and proposed myself.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I like J.R.R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, and David Brin. I’m big on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Ideas flow to me constantly. It’s not a single person who inspires me, but the Internet and the collective unconscious. When we sleep, our minds road free. I wonder if I’m tapping into shared dreamscapes when I write late into the night. I dread the Sun and the return to the mundane world. It’s much harder for me to write in daylight.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I started writing the novel version of The Internet President: None of the Above back in 2014. About halfway through, during the 2016 presidential campaign, there were all these events in real life that were similar to existing plot points in my novel. There were so many coincidences that I included a “Fact Versus Fiction” section after the ending. The similarities extended into events that happened in my own life, like the plane, the dead girl, and the fistful of cash. Don’t skip to the end. That section is full of spoilers.
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