5 Questions with S.S. Michaels

Published April 10, 2012 by LS Murphy

S. S. Michaels is a writer of transgressive fiction. She holds degrees in Business Administration and Film & Video Production. She has lived abroad, traveled widely, jumped out of an airplane and driven a race car. In film and television, she read slush and wrote coverage, then moved on to become a production coordinator. She finally served as a TV network financial analyst before leaving Hollywood. She lives with her husband, two kids, and two dogs.

Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS

1. Where did the spark of inspiration come from for Idols & Cons?

I was working on a television award show and a couple of our guests were boy bands. I observed their dynamics and had an idea or two.

2. What authors have influenced you the most?

I’m most influenced by Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, S. G. Browne, and Jeremy C. Shipp.

3. What is your solution to writer’s block?

Writer’s block… Hmm, I used to think that didn’t exist, but I’ve recently been hit right in the face with it. I’m still struggling with it, so I’m open to suggestions. I’m going to try running and reading more. We’ll see.

4. What are you reading right now?

I am currently reading The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama.

5. Finally, Beatles or Rolling Stones?

Beatles all the way.

Her novel Idols & Cons is available from Omnium Gatherum Media.

Synopsis:  Jake Wolfram is the biggest, slickest, sickest pop star of our time.

Drug-dealing voyeuristic punk, Jake, is yanked from poverty and into the white-hot spotlight after witnessing a crime committed by his neighbor, Damien Tungsten, front man for the boy band, In Dreams.

Jake lives life on the run, hiding in the limelight, and resenting every single minute of it. He’s relentlessly pursued by his former friend, psychopathic visual artist, Patrick Salinger, who coerces Jake into helping him turn a grisly murder into a masterpiece.

Seizing control of the power he craves, Jake disposes of Damien, confronts Patrick, and lives a bad-boy rock-and-roll lifestyle as he hijacks Damien’s super-stardom.

But Damien’s not quite ready to let it go.

In her debut novel, Michaels uses biting wit and seething satire to bring the reader behind the scenes, to an explosive world where pop music grinds up against the cutting edge of art and drugs are the fuel that ignite it

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