Who: Eric Beetner
What: Author of RUMRUNNERS, THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT ME, DIG TWO GRAVES, WHITE HOT PISTOL, THE YEAR I DIED SEVEN TIMES, STRIPPER POLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD & the story collection, A BOUQUET OF BULLETS. He is co-author (with JB Kohl) of the novels ONE TOO MANY BLOWS TO THE HEAD and BORROWED TROUBLE and the upcoming OVER THEIR HEADS. He co-wrote the upcoming THE BLACKLIST with author Frank Zafiro. He has also written two novellas in the popular Fightcard series, SPLIT DECISION and A MOUTH FULL OF BLOOD.
Where: He lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts the Noir At The Bar reading series.
How long have you been writing? What/where was the first thing you published?
I’ve been writing in earnest since high school, though when I started writing it was screenplays and stage plays. I had an honorable mention in some young playwrights thing for a play I wrote in high school (which was terrible) and instead of a college essay, I wrote a script. It worked, I guess, since I got in.
I took one screenwriting class in college, which I didn’t care for. I wrote all the movies I made in college and finished my first feature script my junior year. Since then I wrote 17 full features and even made a few bucks along the way, although nothing I wrote ever got made other than a mid-length film I directed myself which played festivals.
I never thought I had the patience or the eye for detail to do a novel. Plus, I was just too movie obsessed. When I wrote my first novel in 2008 I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it since I wasn’t sure I would finish and I didn’t want to be that guy. But I did and I kept going from there. (that book, however, is permanently in the drawer, never to be seen. Trust me, it’s for the best)
Your new novel, RUMRUNNERS, is out in May 2015. The publisher, 280 Steps, describes it as “Smokey and the Bandit meets Justified and Fargo…” Is that an accurate description?
I love that they came up with that, and yes, I think it suits the book. People often tell me I’m funny when I write and I think it has that gallows humor I put in very unintentionally. It just sneaks in, I guess.
And yes there are car chases and explosions of violence, so I think the description fits quite well.