Wednesday, April 25, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: William Kosh (GCP)


This week I'll be featuring the debut authors from Grit City Publications (GCP), an independent publishing group of emotobooks, the first fiction medium designed exclusively for tablets. Our creative teams immerse our fans in the thick tapestries of amazing stories and visualized character emotions. This winning combination of fiction and art enraptures the soul, and proves: Emotobooks are not a pastime; they’re a way of life.

William Kosh

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Alida Beretta. She's the heroine of my "Guardian" series, which by and large is about a team of superhumans (à la Avengers, X-Men, Misfits) operating in a corrupt, pulpy world (à la RockNRolla, Kill Bill, Grindhouse). Alida’s powers are flight, provided by a set of wings, and absolute naiveté, provided by a childhood growing up white in a small, affluent town in middle America. Alida is vaguely aware that she’s in an adventure series, but expects an experience akin to Harry Potter or Twilight. Instead, she gets blood, brains and bulletholes. It’s bizarrely fun to watch a young woman who expected magical adventures dealing with a meth-addict ex-boyfriend. Her life turned out to be radically different than what she’d planned for. In a weird way, I think people can identify with that.

2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
It’s a short list… I can sleep, masturbate, wander the earth and fail at things. I’m trying to learn French…

5. Who are you reading right now?
I saw Kevin Smith (director of Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Red State) speak at a Q&A the other night, and I picked up an autographed copy of his new book, “Tough Shit.” I’m about halfway through, and if you’re interested in learning about Miramax, the Weinsteins, Sundance and indie cinema in the 90s, it’s a must read. If you want to continue living in a world where Bruce Willis seems like a cool guy to hang out with, don’t touch it. I’m also re-reading Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions and I just bought a copy of John le Carré’s The Secret Pilgrim.

6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I used to run, but I don’t have the time anymore. I miss it. I miss the release. I remember when I ran a marathon a few years back. Afterwards, my cousin picked me up and I just collapsed on her couch for over an hour. The endorphins kicked in, and it was like everything I hated about my past was burning. That’s the highest I’ve felt in my life.

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?

13. Celebrity crush.
Ellen Page. She is an absolute dream. My favorite performance of hers is in this indie flick called "Super."

"Internal bleeding bitch!" she screams, crushing a drug lord between a brick wall and the front end of her station wagon. "You get it then you die!" Oh, how I swooned.

If I were gay, I’d pick Brad Pitt circa 1996. Not that you asked, but now it’s in your head forever.

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
These writers, filmmakers, artists, comedians and musicians are listed in no particular order, so bear with me:
Haruki Murakami, Chuck Palahniuk, Ernest Hemmingway, George Orwell, Ian Flemming, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Tite Kubo, Masashi Kishimoto, Brian Lee O’Malley, Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin, Henry Rollins, Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, George A. Romero, The RZA, Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Milan Kundera, George Carlin and Louis C.K. off the top of my head. My favorite book is The Motorcycle Diaries, but I feel as though listing Che as an influence will get my phone tapped…

15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Wiiliam Kosh is a writer. He likes heavy metal, punk rock, film, sci-fi, comedy, literature and other things that don't matter. Please love him.

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When a young teenager named Nate releases a lifetime of ingrained racist contempt in what should have been a harmless encounter, the aftermath of blood dripping from his fingers becomes the least of his problems.

After a typical boy’s day of roughhousing and exploration, Nate and his friends believe that this day will end like any other. Instead, their parents’ prejudices become their own, as a jolt of adrenaline catapults this motley crew from adolescent bullying into the darkness of bloody murder.

Faced with the consequences of their actions, terror replaces rational thought. The boys embark on a journey to cover up their crime and face a number of challenges that push them to the brink of sanity. Local bullies, a gas station clerk, and eventually the police test their fragile bonds of friendship.

Suburbians is a heart-thumping EmotoSingle thriller, full of twists and turns that thrust us into the darkest side of teenage hatred and rebellion. Nate’s ability to feel hope and peace may be forever lost, along with his youth.


1 comment:

  1. "Her life turned out to be radically different than what she’d planned for. In a weird way, I think people can identify with that."

    I think you're right!

    Thanks for stopping by and picking six, William.