As you know, I'm currently crowdfunding my new novel East of England through Unbound Publishing. And I'm not alone! So, I've asked a few fellow writers on Unbound's current roster to give a quick overview of their writing work, and the book they're crowdfunding themselves in a ten questions format.
Today's 10 questions is a little different, if only that the subject is a brother of mine who's also currently crowdfunding via Unbound. Here's Maxim to explain a little more:
1. Who are you and what’s your book about?
My name is Maxim Peter Griffin. I draw.
What the book is about is a tricky one – on one level it’s a nice book of drawings of Lincolnshire with some bits of writing about the countryside. On another it’s about the ghost mammoths and Brexit and stellar death and Doggerland.
Half-haikus about flint – big stuff across a landmass – being simultaneously huge and tiny in the face of cosmic indifference and the Jolly Fisherman
Field Notes is sometimes really mournful ( there’s a lot to mourn ), sometimes full of idiot glee –
2. Why should folk read your book?
It doesn’t matter if they do or don’t, really –
Field Notes is beyond the point of failure already, 95% of what is in the book has already occurred, been drawn or walked or what have you – I’ve had my nourishment … a large part of making these experiences and actions into a book is an administrative procedure… a fun one, mind you
3. What’s the appeal of your book?
Field Notes is wild. Wilder. Often rather fucking livid. But full of marshes – that’s what people like isn’t it? angry marshes?
4. Sounds great! Where/when can I get hold of a copy?
Soon enough, after the hurly-burly of crowdfunding is done.
5. Describe a typical writing day, or at least a typical day with some writing in it:
5 am – dogs out
6 am – back with dogs
Make notes after walk
Drawing between 9 and noon
Later – when house is quiet, make more notes – maybe type them up to see how they look.
[Question 6 - the one about books about writing - went unanswered]
7. Pick three books that have influenced or inspired you as a writer:
Mr Palomar by I. Calvino
Haunted Houses by E. Maple and L. Myring
The Mound People by P.V Glob
8. Pick three desert island books - works you couldn’t live without:
I’ll have a really sweet atlas please.
maybe Seven Pillars of Wisdom or the old Penguin Book of Welsh Verse
and my copy of Wind in the Willows ( no other editions thanks )
9. Any words of writing wisdom?
Read. Look. Listen. Walk. Cook.
Keep dated notes on everything.
Don’t be an Artist, never go on a Journey.
10. Let’s make a movie of your book. Give me the high-concept pitch:
Mad Max 2 but on foot near Mablethorpe and the anti-hero is his own Humungus – filmed on VHS
Get Werner Herzog to direct. Or Alex Cox. Werner Cox/Alex Herzog
Soundtracked by quarter speed Lark Ascending played on mellotron
Social media contacts: @maximpetergriff
Unbound URL: https://unbound.com/books/field-notes/
Huge thanks to Max for playing along. Field Notes is great - I've seen some more of the work in progress, and naturally, I've backed the project myself - it comes at you like a mix of Raymond Briggs and AW Wainwright. Who can resist that kind of combination? Surely not you, which is why you feel irresistibly drawn towards pledging ...