TIH 056: Max Booth III on Writing A Novel In Two Weeks and Reviewing Books You Haven’t Finished Reading

Max Booth III

In this podcast Max Booth III talks about writing a novel in two weeks, how to successfully kidnap strangers and when it’s okay to review books you haven’t finished reading. In this episode Michael David Wilson is joined by special guest co-host Bob Pastorella. 

About Max Booth III

Max Booth III is the author of three novels:Toxicity, The Mind is a Razorblade, and How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers (forthcoming). He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. He’s currently a columnist for LitReactor and Slush Pile Heroes. He has studied under Craig Clevenger and award-winning editor, Jennifer Brozek.

Max was born in Northern Indiana. He has worked as a cashier, stockboy, copy editor and hotel night auditor. He currently lives in San Antonio and is represented by his agent/dachshund, Jack. Follow him on Twitter @GiveMeYourTeeth for random drunken ramblings.

Show notes

  • [02:10] Interview start
  • [03:10] New hotel novel
  • [04:10] Start as a writer
  • [07:30] The genesis of How To Successfully Kidnap Strangers 
  • [12:25] Writing a novel in two weeks
  • [14:10] Real-life frustrations with small press, indy publishing and the online writing community
  • [17:10] Biggest barriers to financial success for the small press
  • [18:20] Mistakes made when forming PMMP and lessons learned
  • [20:10] Managing PMMP while working at the hotel
  • [21:50] Annual publishing schedule
  • [26:10] Blending horror and comedy
  • [27:50] The online writing community niche How To Successfully Kidnap Strangers taps into and its initial reception
  • [30:45] Why it’s okay to review a book you couldn’t finish and what happened to Max when he wrote a LitReactor column on the matter
  • [46:40] Extreme horror films
  • [50:58] Releasing BILF Publishing stories
  • [55:10] Writing routine
  • [59:00] Real life hotel incidents informing Max’s fiction


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