Mike Kleine

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
Katherine Dunn, she’s been on my to-read list for years. Also, Shane Jones.

6. Pop culture or academia?
I am fascinated by both.

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Mostly music and film. I sort of go all out with that in Mastodon Farm. There’s music in almost every scene and the chapters/sections are like snippets from a film… I wrote a book that’s literally like the movies. Or as Noah Cicero puts it: “It’s like watching TV for 12 hours on a Saturday.” But it’s short, 126 pages. Not that bad, no?

9. Food you could eat everyday.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I played football in high school and freshman year of college. I was kicker and linebacker. But usually, people are more interested in the kicker stuff. Mostly because I was the only “straight on” kicker in my conference (both in high school and college). But really, I’ve never been interested in sports.

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.
At the moment? Shirley MacLaine c. 1961 and Penelope Allen c. 1975 (who, by the way, still looks amazing at 78).

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
No. Now it’s all about the Food Network.

Mike Kleine is an American author of literary fiction. He graduated from Grinnell college with a B.A. in French literature. Someday, he will begin his M.A. in English literature. He currently lives somewhere in the Midwest. Mastodon Farm (2012, Atlatl Press) is his first book.


Outside: something resembling Godzilla attacks the city. At the party, 'Faith' by George Michael is playing and someone is telling you to consider changing apartments.

"In his impressive debut novel, Mike Kleine fingers the asterisk of pop culture by turns absurd, matted, and outré-familiar. Mastodon Farm lays bare the smooth fiction of mediatized reality."
-D. Harlan Wilson, author of Hitler: The Terminal Biography

ATLATL PRESS - http://atlatlpress.com/2012/09/15/mastodon-farm-by-mike-kleine-2

- http://www.amazon.com/Mastodon-Farm-Mike-Kleine/dp/0984969284

- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15722657-mastodon-farm


  1. Thanks for picking six, Mike! Just thinking about the Food Network makes me hungry.

    :) Heidi


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