Gordon Hooper is the author of “Alex and Katija, High and Mighty.” It was published on Amazon.com, November 6 2012, courtesy of Seattle publisher New Libri Press.
He tries to be offensive as often as humanly possible. When not – then he is most likely being semi-blackmailed by his publisher, who has a hell of a job in keeping us all out of jail and preventing the premises of New Libri Press from being torched. Contrary to his wishes he currently resides in the depressing little freeze box of Stockholm, Sweden. He was born on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain in 1977, but was imported to the frigid shores of Sweden at the tender age of two. He is currently working on the sequel “Alex and Katija, The terrible Two.” For more warping of morals, bending of truths and breaking of laws – enter the electronic vortex via the portal below.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I love edgy politically incorrect humor, and I thought that I’d give the stuffy political correctness in Sweden a good kick in the pants.
What books have influenced your life the most?
“Lord of the rings” for sure, as it got me into reading. I was inspired by the odd and often weird like “Conspiracy of Dunces,” “The Dice Man” and “Perfume.” All works of HP Lovecraft must be included. Other writers would be London, Poe, Melville, Huxley, Orwell among many others.
What are your current projects?
Right now I am writing the sequel “Alex and Katija, the terrible two.”
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nothing major. But every time I read the book there is always something to tweak just a bit. I could probably keep editing it until the end of time.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I got a bad review the other week, and the guy pretty much trashed the entire book. I am not one of those pretentious artists who responds to criticism with the lame old; “they don’t understand my work.” I did agree on several of his points, but it was like he was expecting to review Ulysses or something. My book is fun, action packed, fast paced and an easy read.
What has been the best compliment?
Diana Ramsay from Offbeat Vagabond wrote on her blog:
“This is without a doubt the most f**ked up book I have ever read and I must say, I did enjoy it. It is all kinds of wrong and that is what makes it charming in a very disturbing way.” Just the kind of response I was looking for.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Write a lot. Read a lot. Be prepared for harsh criticism and a lot of work other than writing; promo work and querying. But don’t worry, it’s all worth it.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
The bottomless Cornucopia of my imagination. I never get writers block or run out of ideas.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
The bottomless Cornucopia of my imagination. The drawback is that I get too many ideas. I’ve got like a dozen hard drives stuffed with notes. When I write one book I get five new ideas for books, and then five more when I explore one of them and so on… There is always something new and exciting to distract me from what I’m working on at the moment.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
If you like “Alex and Katija, High and Mighty” then be on the lookout for the sequel “Alex and Katija, the Terrible Two.” Release date: Not tomorrow!