Spike Marlowe’s Interview with Troy Chambers
by Spike Marlowe
Troy Chambers, Eraserhead Press’ “office bitch” and tech master extraordinaire, is also a 2011-2012 New Bizarro Author. His book, Seven Seagulls for a Single Nipple, is a riotous love story between Wilmorn the nipple and his beloved Sister Patina Beaver, nun in the Church of the Holy Menstrual Blood. Part “The Little Mermaid,” part Hellraiser, Seven Seagulls for a Single Nipple is 100-percent fun.
Troy graciously took part in my interview series where we discussed his origins as a writer, his own nipples and what dirty, dirty birds seagulls are.
1. Would you tell us a bit about your background and qualifications for writing this fantastic book?
I’ve been writing since I was very young, and it’s always been… odd writing. I wanted to be a horror author for a while, and if you look at any of my really early stuff it was pretty basic attempts at generic horror. I believe my mother still has the first ‘book’ I wrote (a few pieces of paper folded and stapled) that I wrote in Kindergarten. It was about a little boy who went to sea in a little boat, and gets eaten by a sea monster with needle teeth. The final page has ‘THE END’ written on his tombstone. Rather morbid for a six year old, but even at that early age I was obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe. It really set the stage.
In my late teens when I started getting serious about it and began writing novels, I found myself drifting into a weird, surreally decadent extreme-horror style. Then, out of nowhere, humor crept in. Weird, sexual, morbidly and delightfully violent humor. It surprised me at the time, and I went on a hunt for more writing like what I was coming up with, and shortly happened upon Bizarro. During that time period I went rather creative-crazy and wrote five novels in a very short period of time. I still have them, but I really just see them as practice for what came next.
And now, here I am, a New Bizarro Author. I think it was practice well-spent.
2. Troy – Do your nipples talk to you?
Haha, NO, they do not!
However, my own nipples WERE a part of the inspiration for the book.
Before the first part of the seventh Harry Potter movie came out I was re-reading the book version out loud to my old roommate. The tank top I was wearing at the time was really loose and the way I was sitting made it keep flapping around and flashing my left nipple at my roommate, which we found hilarious for some reason.
Because I’m me, I told her that this was happening because my nipple was really desperately in love with her and one of these days it would just rip off my chest and she’d wake up with it hovering over her as she slept.
Another friend of mine wanted me to write a book about seagulls, and the two ideas squished together instantly in my head. I think because I realized a regular-sized nipple running down the street wouldn’t get very far, as a seagull would probably catch and eat it within ten minutes. Those dirty birds eat everything…
The rest of the interview goes live on February 1st at spikemarlowe.wordpress.com
Through March, each of the authors in the NBAS 2011-2012 will be featured on my blog at spikemarlowe.wordpress.com; each week a New Bizzaro Author will be highlighted. On Mondays, I’ll post a review of the author of the week’s book, on Wednesdays I’ll post an author interview, and on Fridays I’ll post an amazing piece of writing by the featured author.
What’s even better is that, each week, Bizarro Central will post exclusive outtakes from the interviews. These outtakes will give you a special look at each author’s unique personality and provide special insight into their books.