Interrogation—Mike McCrary

Who: Mike McCrary

What: Author of REMO WENT ROGUE and GETTING UGLY. His shorter work has appeared in ThugLit, All Due Respect, Dark Corners, Shotgun Honey and Out of the Gutter. He’s been a waiter, a securities trader, dishwasher, bartender, investment analyst and an unpaid Hollywood intern. He has quit corporate America, come back, been fired, been promoted, been fired again. Currently, he writes stories about questionable people who make questionable decisions. His latest novel, GENUINELY DANGEROUS, comes out Sept. 26.

Where: Texas

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Your latest novel, GENUINELY DANGEROUS, is a truly original, off-beat story. What was the inspiration?

I’ve kicked it around for a while. It kinda started with seeing Gene Wilder’s tiny role in Bonnie in Clyde. Someone completely out of his element, a civilian, thrown into the mix with a crew of criminals. Completely in over his head, but doesn’t get that he’s completely in over his head. Always thought Gene’s story could be another movie. I carried that idea around for years, but couldn’t find a good place for it. So I tucked it away. Then years later, I saw that whole mess with Brian Williams and the stories he told about being embedded with the military. That sparked the idea that maybe I could work something out of that. Also around that time I’d had a couple of huge nut-kicks in screenwriting. So all that starting fitting together into a crazy little story idea. Thinking, now maybe I’ve got something.

As far as being off-beat, thank you by the way, the great Peter Farris (Last Call for the Living) blurbed a book of mine and compared my stuff with Chuck Palahniuk and Elmore Leonard going on a blind date. I loved that. Wanted it to be true and I’ve tried very hard to live up to that almost impossible standard. So there you go. GENUINELY DANGEROUS. You take Gene Wilder, Brian Williams, Palahniuk, Elmore Leonard, Hollywood nut-kicks, mix well and serve over toast.

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Interrogation—Mike McCrary

Who: Mike McCrary

What: He has been a waiter, a securities trader, dishwasher, investment manager and an unpaid Hollywood intern. He’s quit corporate America, come back, been fired, been promoted, been fired again. Currently he is a screenwriter and author who writes stories about questionable people who make questionable decisions.

Where: Austin, TX

Interviewed conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Your 2013 novel, REMO WENT ROGUE, is one hell of a read—fast-paced, vicious and dark. How did the character of Remo come together?

Thank you, sir. Glad you dug it. Yeah, Remo kinda came out of a fascination of defense attorneys and the weirdness of their jobs. All the information that must be swirling around their heads at any given time, knowing all the horrible shit that your clients have done and it’s your job to set them free or at least get the best deal possible. It’s extremely necessary to the legal process, but thinking of actually doing it as a profession is a whole different thing. I also really liked the idea of one of these guys having a crisis of conscience and falling off the deep end. So, those elements plus I have a deep affection for drunk, broken, pill-popping, foul-mouthed bastards with a heart of gold.

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