So in 2016, I went to Crimefest in Bristol. Liz and I chatted to lots of lovely crime writers all about their books. Lots of FUN was had by all. Today, I have the pleasure of hosting our chat with the ever so talented Michael Grothaus. Check out Liz’s place for our chat with Paul Hardisty. Well more of a falling in love with Paul Hardisty….
Epiphany Jones was published by Orenda Books on 16 May 2016 and can be found here on Amazon. I reviewed it and have completely fallen in love. It is definitely going to be one of my favourites of this year. My five star review is here: Epiphany Jones
We started off by asking all about Epiphany Jones and why Michael Grothaus wrote it…
Michael told us that he used to work in the film industry, for Twentieth Century Fox. (Lots of oooohs from Christine and Liz…) He says he was a starry eyed kid. He saw it as a business and a market place. People were dropping out of college to pay for films. He saw groups of young girls and boys at parties. Micheal saw a bunch of crazy stuff, at these Hollywood parties.
He started researching human sex trafficking. There are twenty million people enslaved in it. In American culture, they are obsessed with celebrity and worship celebrity. Grothaus wanted to write a satire about it all. To tell it through the eyes of someone blinded by celebrity, fake celebrity and porn.
Tell us a bit about your protagonist, Jerry…
Michael Grothaus told us that he created a damaged, delusional guy in Epiphany Jones. Jerry is a flawed character. He isn’t really one that you would want to hang out with or would like. So often, we judge people for their flaws. Jerry is a sex addict. We go on this harrowing emotional journey, with Jerry and end up loving him. At the end of the story, he wants us to feel lots of empathy for Jerry.
At the time of chatting to Michael, I didn’t understand what he meant. I was desperate to see for myself what this satire on Hollywood, featuring a sex addict was like. I agree, now I’ve read it. It is impossible not to fall in love with Jerry, during the novel. Jerry is the best!
We wanted to know about Michael’s writing process..
Micheal is dedicated. This impresses me and Liz. He writes, when the rest of us are sleeping. He writes at 11pm for four hours. When he stops, he knows exactly what he will write next…
Our final very important questions….
If you were writing a book about your life, what would it be called?
Michael hasn’t come back to us with an answer. I’m sure he has a brilliant response though…. *winks*
Recommend a book to us
Michael recommends it because you end up caring about all of the characters.
Thank you very much, Michael for chatting to us at Crimefest. We love you and we adore Epiphany Jones!
Don’t forget to check out Epiphany Jones for yourself and see why we all think it’s the bee’s knees…
Say hello to Michael on Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelgrothaus