Thursday, March 21, 2013

Chad Kultgen - The Average American Marriage: A Novel - Author Interview

Author Interview 

1. How did you come up with the title?
It's a sequel to the Average American Male. I knew I wanted to keep the "Average American" part and now that the main character is married, it seemed like a logical progression to call it "The Average American Marriage."

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Marriage in the modern world can't exist in the same form it has for the past hundred years. Monogamy and acceptance of a decreased sexual relationship with your spouse over time are things of the past.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
There are no fantasy or science fiction elements of the book so one hundred percent of it is realistic in that sense. If you're asking me subjectively how much of the book is realistic, you'd have to ask every person who reads the book to answer that question for themselves.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Forcing myself to think like a married man with kids.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I don't know if I learned anything, but I did reaffirm my personal decision to never have children.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Growing up I read a lot and came to idolize certain authors. People like Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert were my heroes. I think all little kids want to emulate their heroes. I was no different.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Isaac Asimov. His use of logic to construct plot still blows my mind. There are a lot of great science fiction writers but he'll always stand out to me as the greatest who ever lived. The Three Laws of Robotics were something he wrote as science fiction and they're now used in actual AI development. For me it doesn't get much more impressive.

9. Tell us your latest news.
I'm working on a bunch of different projects currently. I have a new book in the works, a graphic novel, a few TV pilots and a movie. All of these things should be trickling out over the next few years.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thanks for reading my stuff and I'm sorry if any significant others get pissed when they catch you reading it.

About the Book

The Average American Marriage, the long-awaited sequel to Chad Kultgen’s much debated, always controversial The Average American Male, is a matter-of-fact foray into the male mind and sexual fantasy.

Now married with children, Kultgen's lewd and sex-obsessed narrator once again offers up his deep (and not so deep) thoughts on love, marriage, kids, and (naturally) sex: from birthday sex to interns to parenting, The Average American Male looks upon the institution of marriage with the same deadpan smirk he has brought to the rest of his sex-addled, perennially disaffected life.

Prices/Formats: $14.99 paperback and ebook
Pages: 256
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Buy Links: Amazon

About the Author

After two months in his birthplace Spokane, WA Chad Kultgen spent the majority of his life in a suburb of Dallas, TX called Lewisville. After high school, he turned down a full ride baseball scholarship to Trinity University in San Antonio, TX to pursue writing. He moved to Los Angeles, CA where he joined the likes of George Lucas, Robert Zemekis, and Ron Howard as a graduate of the prestigious School Of Cinema/Television at the University of Southern California.

His first job was writing for one of the most widely circulated trade magazines in the music industry, HITS. After two years of being entrenched with rock-stars and their entourages, Chad moved on to become a staff writer for one of American Media's most beloved supermarket tabloids. He created stories about flesh eating zombies, time-traveling stock traders, and sandwich making house cats for the magazine that gave birth to Batboy, THE WEEKLY WORLD NEWS.

Chad's next endeavor found him selling his first TV show to VH1. The reality show POSERS featured Chad himself along with two of his real life friends posing as various unrecognizable celebrities to get behind Hollywood's velvet rope. VH1 made a pilot episode in which Chad posed as the bass player from the band Maroon 5 in order to infiltrate one of Hollywood's hottest and most exclusive nightclubs. Once inside he proceeded to drink free champagne and use his fake celebrity to escort five female stars of the adult entertainment industry back to his limo. Despite the success of the pilot internally, a perfectly timed regime change at VH1 left Chad with nothing but DVD of the night's events and the paragraph you just read for his troubles.

In addition to writing the pilot episode of The Average American Male, Chad's feature screenplay BURT DICKENSON: THE MOST POWERFUL MAGICIAN ON PLANET EARTH is currently in the process of being optioned by NEW LINE CINEMA.

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