Chewing the Fat w/Chad Lutzke

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

His Amazon page is here and you can learn more about CHEW ON THIS! here

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