Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Straight from the Mouth of 'Alex & Katija: High and Mighty's' Gordon Hooper

Peculiar Writing Habits of Famous Authors by Gordon Hooper

It is my belief that most writers are weirdos. Mere mortals are considered strange, whilst the famous are called eccentric. So let’s have a look at some of the strange writing habits of these famous weirdos:

Victor Hugo - Wrote both Les Misèrables and the Hunchback of Notre-Dame nude, so he couldn’t leave his house. He even went so far as to instruct his valet to hide his clothes.
Demosthenes (ancient Greece) – would shave half his head, so he, like Victor Hugo, would remain at home.
I have to say that I’m a bit envious of the writers of old, as most distractions nowadays seems to come from within the home – TV, internet, computer games etc.
Honoré de Balzac – would guzzle black coffee, so he could write for long stretches. Once for 48 hours straight! (Makes one suspect some other kind of substance, but never mind)
Ernest Hemingway – Stood and wrote. His writing regime of “done by noon and drunk by three” might sound fun, but I doubt it would increase one’s productivity in the long run.
George Orwell, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Winston Churchill, Marcel Proust and Truman Capote wrote whilst lying in bed.
Charles Dickens – Would go for a walk and try to get lost, in order to stimulate his creativity.
Hunter S. Thompson – would write drunk and on all manner of drugs.
James Joyce – would write three sentences a day. And that was on a good day!
Vladimir Nabokov – wrote on index cards in no particular order. One of his books could be made up of 2000 of these cards.
P.G Wodehouse – would pin finished pages to the wall. Good ones close to the ceiling, and bad ones at waist height.
William Wordsworth – would recite his poetry to his dog while taking a stroll. If the dog barked or was upset as he read, he would rewrite the poem.

So, do you have any strange writing habits? Weirder than the above?

Mine are hardly strange, but important. When I write I need loud, fast moving music. Often Techno or Rock. When I edit I need absolute silence. I prefer to write in the morning when I have lots of energy. But due to having a day job, my writing schedule is somewhat erratic at the moment. And yes, I laugh out loud at my own jokes

The fast moving music, and a current addiction to caffeine and nicotine clearly influences my writing. The result is the breakneck pace and wild roller-coaster ride of the “Alex and Katija” series.

How is your writing influenced by your habits?

Gordon Hooper author of “Alex and Katija, High and Mighty”

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Alex and Katija are quite the pair. Selfish, cruel, greedy, sleazy and violent—why, the negative adjectives could easily fill a small volume of their own. Over the top, always offensive and never politically correct—their sole redeeming quality is, they are not child molesters.
Alex is heir and owner of the Holstein Private Investigation Agency, located in Stockholm, Sweden. While he is the agency’s brains, Katija provides the brawn, as resident henchwoman. Their setup is sweet, with a never-ending supply of clients appearing at their doorstep and asking for help, only to be swindled out of their money, robbed, or beaten, and then sent on their way. Except some who, wrapped in chains, are dumped into the murky waters of nearby Nybro Viken.
Alex and Katija fight the natural as well as the supernatural—the only thing they really dread is the horrors of gainful employment. This threat is ever present as their finances are chronically atrocious, usually due to the black vacuum of the weekend, with all its powders and pills.
Their cases take them across the globe—so beware! There is NOWHERE to hide.




Gordon Hooper is the author of “Alex and Katija, High and Mighty.” It was published on Amazon.com, November 6 2012, courtesy of Seattle publisher New Libri Press.
One could tell his life’s story with a poem:
Born by gypsies
Raised by wolves
Schooled by fools
Employed by cretins
Scooped up by Libri
Highly inaccurate and somewhat irrelevant prose, yes yes I know – what are you, my mother?
But when has truth, that dull ignoramus, ever been able to measure up to a well-crafted lie?
Most of his work is created solely to make people laugh, or at the very least smile. He tries to be offensive as often as humanly possible.
When not – then he is most likely being semi-blackmailed by his publisher, who has a hell of a job in keeping us all out of jail and preventing the premises of New Libri Press from being torched.
Contrary to his wishes he currently resides in the depressing little freeze box of Stockholm, Sweden.
He was born on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain in 1977, but was imported to the frigid shores of Sweden at the tender age of two.
He is currently working on the sequel “Alex and Katija, The terrible Two.”
For more warping of morals, bending of truths and breaking of laws – enter the electronic vortex via the portal below.
Alex and Katja is his first published book. You can visit Gordon Hooper’s website atwww.gordon-hooper.com.

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