S.G. Browne is the author of the novels Breathers (2009), Fated (2010), and Lucky Bastard (2012), as well as the novella I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus (2012) and the e-book short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel (2012)
His brand new book, Big Egos, just came out and he was kind enough to answer a few of my questions!
Kristin Centorcelli: You have a producing background in Hollywood and your bio says you wrote your first short story while in college. What was it about? What made you decide to take the plunge and write your first novel?
S.G. Browne: My first short story was titled “The Night Before” and was about a student writing a story for his Creative Writing class the night before it was due. He’s typing away on his keyboard when there’s a small popping sound, followed by a loud pop and a puff of smoke, the computer monitor flashes brightly and then goes blank. This part was autobiographical, except the story I was writing was not called “The Night Before.” I don’t remember what it was called but it was gone in a literal puff of literal. This was 1988, so there were no flash drives or online drop boxes to be found. Eventually I borrowed someone’s electric typewriter and started writing a new story from scratch, which has our frustrated hero make a comment about giving anything to get his computer back up and running, so he ends up calling a computer repairman named William Zebub, or Bill, for short. By the end of the story, our hero unknowingly sells his soul to get his computer fixed. Real original stuff.
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