CHEW ON THIS! has been nominated for a Splatterpunk Award and I have the exclusive skinny with the authors.
Author de Jour: Chad Lutzke
Nikki Noir: You’re featured in a food anthology, so let’s get this out of the way first: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve put in your mouth—I mean weirdest thing eaten ;)
Chad Lutzke: When I was a teenager, my friend and I were at the store and saw a cow tongue in the meat section. We had to buy it. Not knowing a thing about how to prepare it, we just boiled it and ate it with our hands like two savages, passing the leathery thing back and forth.
Noir: Tell us about your story in Chew on This! and what inspired it.
Lutzke: I don't recall anything that triggered the idea, other than remembering how exciting it was as a kid to dig through a box of cereal for the prize inside, hoping it wasn't something you already had.
Noir: If you were a spice/seasoning, what would it be, elaborate if you want.
Lutzke: Garlic, so I could hang around longer than invited. Plus, you'd call on me to keep vampires at bay, and that would make me feel special.
Noir: What’s the scariest real-life, food-related situation you’ve been in?
Lutzke: I was at the mall with a friend once, eating these licorice bites. I cracked a joke and made my friend laugh really hard, then I started laughing and sucked the thing into my throat, which blocked all air going in or out. I started panicking and pointed toward my back, trying to get him to pound my back or give me the Heimlich, but he thought I was still joking and started laughing even harder. Spoiler alert. I lived through it by coughing the thing up.
Noir: What does literary success look like to you?
Lutzke: It's changed as the years go by. What started as merely wanting a single book with a single story in it to put on the shelf has turned into several dozen books on the shelf. So, at this point success for me personally would be to make a comfortable living writing.
Noir: If there’s one thing you want readers to know about you or the mission of your work, what would it be?
Lutzke: My mission? To never be pigeon-holed. It's always been my desire to explore different dark subgenres and never stick to one thing, yet have a readership who's along for the ride.
Noir: What’s your next project and where can we stalk you?
Lutzke: I'm writing 4 books at the same time, most of which will be out this year (starting in March with SLOW BURN ON RIVERSIDE). You can do all your stalking at www.chadlutzke.com