Today I get to introduce author Josef Matulich to my blog.
What genre(s) do you write in? Tell us about your books.
It is difficult to put a genre to what I write. I usually call it horror/comedy with just a bit of smut for flavoring. That pretty much mirrors my real life.
What book are you promoting right now? What is it about?
That would be “Power Tools in the Sacred Grove,” the second book of my Arcanum Faire trilogy, a comedy of sex, magick, and power tools. The hero, Marc Sindri, is a practical tool-obsessed contractor sent to Arcanum, Ohio to build a renaissance faire. In the first book, Camp Arcanum, Marc meets a lovely Wiccan named Brenwyn, crosses her demonologist ex Jeremiah, and keeps his own two assistants Michael and Eleazar from killing each other in an escalating prank war. In the second book, Marc must meet his construction deadlines in spite of being nearly crippled by something ancient and evil conjured by Jeremiah. He supervises work through telepresence devices in the trees while fending off the incursions of OSHA, the Vatican, and Jeremiah’s whole family. All this while staying with Brenwyn for her magickal protection and hopefully not succumbing to the temptation to engage in sex which might cripple him for life.
How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
I often say I got the idea for Arcanum Faire because I took crap from everybody. I used to work in an EPA-licensed lab that tested drinking and waste water. Every day, I would get plastic bottles of processed sewage marked “Arcanum, Darke county.” I always figured that with a name like that, Arcanum must have some pretty interesting daily events. After a decade or two of imaginings and maunderings, I came up with the story that became Arcanum Faire.
Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?
I started writing short plays and mime routines, so I am most comfortable with action and dialogue. It also emphasizes “show, don’t tell” as it leaves you no way to effectively tell the audience the characters’ inner thoughts. All three of the Arcanum Faire books were written as screenplays and then novelized.
Tell us about your main character? What makes him so special?
A lot of people ask me if my hero Marc Sindri is autobiographical. I tend to think that he is the man my father wanted me to be if I ever grew up.
What inspires your creative process?
I find that writing with SfFy original movies on in the background. It lowers the bar so much that I can get past my blocking anxieties.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
To be able to cloud men’s minds and to disappear in a crowded room. Actually, as I dress in all black and have mime training, it happens more often than you might think.
Thanks Josef for being here today. I love how you came up with the idea for your story!