20 Questions with Fletcher Best, author of ‘The Eight Fingered Fiend of Lake Porker’ & Giveaway
Fletcher Best is an American author of humorous fiction and science fiction. He is the author of the Stranded In Time series of science fiction novels, including Pirates of the Storm, The Corpornation, and the upcoming third installment, Timeless. His humorous works include Sniffing Out Stink Ape, The Great Chupacabra Kerfuffle, and The Eight Fingered Fiend of Lake Porker.
In addition to his novels, Fletcher Best also writes short stories that are published exclusively for the enjoyment of visitors to his website, FletcherBest.com. These include the popular, Manatee Vengeance – Blood at the Boat Launch, Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse, Operation Black Friday, and A Fabulous Business Opportunity.
Born in Miami, Florida, Fletcher has lived in Texas since 1988. He (or more correctly, his real-life alter-ego George Best) attended Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas before beginning a chiropractic practice in San Antonio in 1992. He has resided in San Antonio ever since and now lives in sin with his girlfriend and their 4 cats (the sin being strictly with the girlfriend, not the cats).
Readers are invited to connect with Fletcher through his website at http://www.FletcherBest.com.
1. Are you a morning writer or a night writer?
I mostly write in the morning and afternoon, but I have been known to write at night if inspiration strikes.
2. Do you outline or are you a pantster?
I have done it both ways and my preference is to do a broad outline that allows for some pantsing as I go.
3. Which comes first – plot or character?
It depends on what I’m writing. When I write science-fiction, the plot usually comes first. When I’m writing humorous fiction, the characters usually come first and the plot develops from considering how those characters will interact.
4. Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript?
I like it quiet.
5. Favorite TV show?
Currently, I’d say it’s a tie between The Walking Dead and Sherlock. My all-time favorite is probably Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
6. Favorite type of music?
7. Favorite craft besides writing?
Furniture-making – not that I’ve done much or am very good at it, but I enjoy working with wood and tools.
8. Do you play a musical instrument?
9. Single or married?
Single, but co-habitating with my long-time girlfriend.
10. Children or no?
Not that I know of.
We have four cats: Aristotle, Zane, Little Bear, and Miss Kitty (who is named after Miss Piggy because her personality is similar to that of the feisty muppet).
12. Favorite place to write?
At the desk in my home office.
13. Favorite restaurant?
A little sushi place called Godai.
14. Do you work outside the home?
Yes, I am a doctor of chiropractic and practice part-time.
15. What was the name of the last movie you saw?
I saw The Monuments Men this past weekend. It was very good.
16. Favorite outdoor activity?
It’s a close call between snorkeling and fishing, although I get to do a lot more fishing than snorkeling these days.
17. Pet peeve?
The political divisiveness that has taken hold in the United States.
18. Your goal in life?
To eventually be a full-time writer and be able to live in a variety of interesting places around the world.
19. Your most exciting moment?
I once hooked and briefly fought a fish believed to be a tuna that was at least 8 feet long. The fish took my bait right at the side of the boat, so I saw it in the water before I hooked it. It broke the line a few moments later after running so hard and fast that it burned the bearings on my reel and pulled the spool part way out of the housing.
20. The love of your life?
My girlfriend Anne.
About the Book:
Dark secrets lie just below the surface of the small town of Lake Porker, Texas. The long-time, yet much-despised mayor has been keeping his job by means of rigging elections with the help of the town clerk, a highly respected woman who secretly happens to be the mayor’s dominatrix lover. The man that most of the town thinks is a successful stock day trader is actually a methamphetamine kingpin. His drop-dead beautiful and supposedly devoted God-fearing wife is not only plotting to kill him and take over his meth empire, but she’s having sex with everyone and anyone she thinks will be helpful in advancing that goal. The new African-American deputy is drawing the ire of the town rednecks and is secretly involved in a May – December romance with the sheriff’s wife. Then there’s Octavio, the oversexed freshwater octopus bred by the brilliant and lonely fish hatchery scientist who has trained him in the ways of pleasure and has taken him as her lover.
The giant octopus periodically escapes the fish breeding lab and roams the lake looking for other targets for his sexual talents, much to the confusing combination of arousal and horror in his victims. Octavio can’t be kept secret forever, and soon he attracts the attention of a cryptozoologist and documentary film producer and his intrepid cameraman out to make their next hit reality television special. All of this plays out in an absurd, darkly comedic romp filled with sex, drugs, and violence.
Welcome to the cold, sticky embrace of The Eight Fingered Fiend Of Lake Porker!
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