I’m so excited to have the wonderful Drew Magary on the blog today! Drew is the author of one of my recent favorites, The Postmortal, and we’ve also got a copy up for giveaway, so be sure to see details at the end of the post!
Please welcome Drew to the blog!
Drew, you have extensive writing experience. Where did the inspiration for your first novel, The Postmortal, come from?
I was watching a “60 Minutes” report about the benefits of Resveratrol, a chemical in red wine that’s said to help prevent aging, and they were talking about the idea that maybe one day aging would be permanently cured. And my first thought when I watched it was, “Hey, if we all lived forever, we’d probably all end up killing each other.” Then I thought about HOW that would happen, and suddenly it was a novel. I didn’t quite intend on sitting down and writing a novel. It was just an idea that grabbed me.
The Postmortal was hard to read at times, because there were some frightening moments, made all the more terror inducing since they weren’t too far outside the realm of possibility. I’ll admit, there were times I got teary, and at one point actually sobbed. Were some of the more emotional scenes hard to write?
First of all, I’m really sorry I made you cry. I swear the next book won’t be such a downer. Anyway, for some of the tougher scenes in the book, there were times when I had to go to a deep dark place in my brain and root around for a bit. And sometimes, that cloud can follow you after you’re done writing whatever, probably like an actor who has to play a killer or something. But then I shook it off. It was never hard to write stuff in the book. But it does present ideas that I’m not always happy to confront: death, eternity, stuff like that. I have a hard time processing eternity.
I imagine the research for The Postmortal was extensive, since there are so many things that have to be taken into account if we were to actually find a “cure” for aging. What kind of research did you do for the novel?
Between you and me, I didn’t do much research at all. But by all means, feel free to redact this answer and tell people I went to medical school. I don’t want to ruin the illusion of me working hard. Most of the grunt work for the book involved just hard thinking.
What are some of your biggest literary influences?
I loved “Catch-22” when I was in high school. That was the first time the light really clicked on for me. But nowadays, I almost always read nonfiction: Krakauer and shit like that. Any extreme survival story is what I like. A lot of fiction tends to get flowery and annoying, so I gravitate to much more “normal,” straightforward writing.
Are there any authors that you “pimp” if given half the chance? You know, the ones you’ll go on about ad nauseum if someone gives you an opening?
Did you read “The Dirt”? Read “The Dirt”. Unless you hate Motley Cure, then don’t read it.
Can we expect to see more books set in the world of The Postmortal?
It’s doubtful. It was never intended to be a series. The next thing I do will probably be more flexible in that regard.
**GIVEAWAY: The Postmortal by Drew Magary**
1.To enter, leave a comment telling me if YOU would take the cure for old age, along with your email address.
2.Giveaway is open to US/Canadian addresses only.
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4.Giveaway ends 9/13/11
5.Giveaway book generously provided by Penguin!
About The Postmortal:
John Farrell is about to get “The Cure.”
Old age can never kill him now.
The only problem is, everything else still can . . .
Imagine a near future where a cure for aging is discovered and-after much political and moral debate-made available to people worldwide. Immortality, however, comes with its own unique problems-including evil green people, government euthanasia programs, a disturbing new religious cult, and other horrors. Witty, eerie, and full of humanity, The Postmortal is an unforgettable thriller that envisions a pre-apocalyptic world so real that it is completely terrifying.