Featured Interview With W. T. Fallon
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I live in Fayetteville, AR, in the middle of nowhere, with no Macy’s, no Nordstrom’s, and no sign of civilization. I’ve always lived here and hope to one day make enough money to move somewhere warm with a beach.
I have two college degrees, no job, and I currently live with my parents. I have no marketable skills, but I’m highly talented in the areas of sarcasm, satire, and snark. I believe if you can’t say something nice, you should say something funny and totally true.
In between job interviews where I have to explain my strengths (staying awake during boring meetings, putting up with idiots and not losing my shit) and weaknesses (my weakness is I can’t decide which of my many flaws sounds the best so I always stumble on that question), I write books addressing the problems of society with sarcasm, satire, and snark. The ridiculousness of this year’s presidential election inspired my first novel, Fail to the Chief, which will be available wherever books are sold in September.
In my spare time, I enjoy watching TV, making fun of politicians, and haggling for a better price at discount sales.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve enjoyed reading since I first learned to read. I started writing for local newspapers and magazines when I was nine. I did that for several years, but most of them didn’t pay and wanted to tell me what to write, and I didn’t like that. I didn’t start trying to write books until a few years ago, but I have been writing satire for my local Gridiron Show for the last four years.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I read a variety of authors. I like Stephen King, Andy Borowitz, Ben Bova, Janet Evanovich. I read a lot of humor, some mysteries and thrillers, and some science fiction and fantasy.
My book Fail to the Chief was inspired by the stupidity and poor life choices of many real-life politicians, although it is, of course, a work of fiction. Stupidity in general inspires me to write, usually about how annoying stupidity is.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
After years of emceeing insipid singing competitions, TV personality Bryan Seafoam can’t wait to host “American President,” the world’s first reality show to elect a president of the United States. Finally, an opportunity to be a real journalist, digging up dirt and playing hardball with the top ten candidates.
But it doesn’t take long for the contestants to start slinging mud at Bryan – literally, when billionaire candidate Ronald Chump is challenged to dig his proposed moat along the Mexican-American border himself. Forced to work in a fast food restaurant, an anti-minimum-wage-hike candidate learns his coworkers are struggling to survive with multiple jobs and claims to have solved the unemployment problem in his state-leaving Bryan to duck ketchup bombs from customers. To make matters worse, Bryan’s producer pressures him to be nicer to the candidates, and his former crush, now an experienced political correspondent, shows up-and shows him up at every turn.
When a cheating scandal rocks the show, Bryan begins to suspect it’s just the tip of a very underhanded iceberg. Will trying to expose a plot to wreck the most hysterical, er, historic election in history cost Bryan his career-and his personal life?
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