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Grant Wamack is pretty cool dude, I met at BizzaroCon. He is a young writer in the Navy and a hip hop artists. Here are his ten questions.

1) You recently put out your first book “Notes From The Guts of a Hippo”. What are thoughts on the game Hungry Hungry Hippos?

Yessir. Hungry Hungry Hippos is a pretty dope game; however, I always played a little too hard and ended up breaking one of the hippos.

I think there should be a “lost” sequel to the Hunger Games movies though. Picture this: An exotic island, bad ass teens (I’m talking juvenile delinquents, hipsters, and gangster sluts), all in a fight to the death with…starving hippos. Tagline: Battle Royale meets Cabin in the Woods on an island.

Hollywood, if you’re reading this, hit me up.

2) I’d watch that. You are now living in Spain. I am a big fan of the Spanish Omelette. Is the Spanish Omelette better in Spain?

Oh yes! Tortilla de patatas are what they call em’ over here. Now I’ve had some good ones in the States, but they serve them in just about every restaurant here so you know they have to be amazing. I think it’s the olive oil they fry it in that sets it above the rest.

3) You are following a tradition of writers in the military being in the Navy? What is worse seasickness or revising your work?

Somewhat. The majority of my time in, I’ve been spitting out news stories and features left and right. I haven’t really looked back on other journalists in the military simply cause most of the stuff I produce is cookie cutter and formulaic (that’s what they like). I know Brian Keene was in the Navy and he’s a helluva writer and a cool guy. Hopefully, I can get on his level one day.

Seasickness is terrible. It’s ten times worse than revising anything I’ve written. I came into the Navy being a seasick bastard so I was a wreck the first time my ship (an aircraft carrier) went out to sea. Nasty taste in my mouth, throbbing headache. I got my sea legs now though.

4) We are both big Kanye West fans, but he recently said something about writers being stupid. Would you help start a Facebook group with me: Writers Who Still Like Kanye West?

I love Kanye West. He’s been a huge inspiration. I think this is the quote.

“Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph…I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life.”

I’m not going to overly-analyze this quote, but I think Kanye would enjoy reading something with terse prose and artistic ish sprinkled in for good measure. He’d probably enjoy the stuff being released by Broken River Books or some good ole’ fashioned Cormac McCarthy. He probably secretly reads.

That facebook group would be cool though. We’d have to make sure no trolls or crazy people slip through the cracks though.

5) Word. At BizarroCon I read “The Ghosts of Jerking Off: A Christoph Carol”, what are your thoughts on ghosts and masturbation?

Oh yeah, I remember that story. It was pretty funny. Made me think about how much porn I watch (Shoutout to Skin Diamond). I hope ghosts are able to jack off or get some sort of sexual satisfaction. It would be terribly sad if they don’t. I imagine they have ectoplasm instead of cum or some sort of spiritual climax similar to tantric sex.

6) You are a young writer with talent in your early 20’s. I really sucked at the age, and didn’t reach being a mediocre writer until my mid 20’s. What are some ways for young writers to suck less?

Thanks man. Young writers should read a lot and write a lot. Rinse and repeat. Also, have some people with a critical eye read your work. Not Joe Blow from down the street who likes anything you write. I was lucky enough to have a few writers from the cosmic horror crowd and the bizarro community help me work some huge kinks out of my writing.

Grow a thick skin. Don’t let rejection, publishing bullshit, or bad reviews stop you. Listen to criticism (to a certain extent) and produce something you’re proud of.

Kris Saknussemm once told me something along the lines of “You don’t have to believe in yourself. Believe in the work.”

7) You use the line ‘swimming in pussy’ in your book. How does one swim in pussy and have you ever swam with dolphins, it’s quite enchanting.

There are multiple ways to swim in pussy. You can dive in headfirst or just dip your toes in, but remember to wear a jimmy or you might drown…

I have swam with dolphins and it is quite enchanting. You hold onto their fin and they take you across the water. Dolphins are mad sweet.

8) You are a hip-hop artist as well as a military man, do you have hoes every area code or is that a future goal?

Yeah I rap under the name GS. Listen to my latest project Cabin Fever. I have a lot of hoes in different area codes, but not as many as I would like. I don’t really like referring to them as hoes. I prefer breezies because they come and go with the wind. In Chicago, they call them thots (that hoe out there), thotties, and thotianas (one of my personal faves).

There has been a sudden influx of twitter groupies which makes me ecstatic. I’m sure once some more books and raps are released, the hoes will come out in droves. Word to my spooky bitches.

9) I know Vincenzo from your publisher Bizarro Pulp press. He is a cool dude; how did you find him and the others at Bizarro Pulp Press? How have you liked working with them as a publisher?

Yeah, Vincenzo is cool people. Someone mentioned Bizarro Pulp Press, I think a younger writer (I can’t remember), so I cleaned up Notes from the Guts of a Hippos and contacted them. I wasn’t sure how they would react since I was 19 when I wrote it and it was my first foray into novella territory. Pat Douglas told me to send him three chapters and we’d move on from there. He read it and the next day he sent me a contract and the book cover. I was hyped.

Vincenzo didn’t come into the picture until a few months down the road. I think Vincenzo has edited some of Pat’s work in the past and he was so good that Pat invited him to help out with Bizarro Pulp Press. Vincenzo will be editing my second book A Lightbulb’s Lament.

They’re great to work with. They’re open-minded and nice people. I think they’re looking for more female bizarro writers though.

10) Yeah man, there are a lot weird women writers and they need to be heard too. Props on that. Last question, what are you working on now music and/or writing?

On the musical side of things, I’m working on a new project called Leviathan and trying to release more visuals in 2014.

Writing-wise, I’m finishing up the 1st draft of a new bizarro novella about fashion obsessed pirates who ride the asphalt seas in the suburbs. I told someone I was going to write a dark, gritty crime novel so I’m in the process of figuring these characters out. And there’s a non-fiction book about my experiences in the Navy that’s kicking my ass, but I’ll win in the end. Sprinkle in some short stories, book reviews, and some random projects and you have a good idea how full my plate is.

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3 thoughts on “10 Questions With Grant Wamack

  1. Good interview. I read Notes From The Guts Of a Hippo. Funny and dark as hell. I look forward to A Lightbulbs Lament. I love that quote “believe in the work.” It reminds me of what Steve Martin said “become so good that you cant be ignored.” Just keep working and through that process, of course with improvements in your process, you will get better, and gain more success.

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