Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Fourth Day of Tesseracts: An Interview with Michael Colangelo and Michael Lorenson

We are pleased to celebrate The Fourth Day of Tesseracts with two interviews - one with Michael Colangelo and one with Michael Lorenson from Tesseracts Fourteen: Strange Canadian Stories edited by John Robert Colombo and Brett Alexander Savory.

Interview One: Michael Colangelo

TT: What is your name?
MC: Michael Colangelo

TT: Where are you located?
MC: Toronto

TT: What is the name of your story in Tesseracts Fourteen: Strange Canadian Stories?
MC: Rocketship Red

TT: What inspired you to write your story?
MC: I was fooling around with old pulp concepts and I was interested at the time in writing science fiction stories where the science was out of date. Sort of false, retro-future future stuff, I suppose. Anyway, I’m always interested in the architecture/collapse of systems and I’m pretty sure the bottom of the American economy had just dropped out too, coupled with all sorts of weird outdated 1950s patriotism/denial attitude stuff in the media. The supernatural element was a natural fit, since, well, all of that is about ghosts really, at its core.

TT: What is one of the strangest things that has ever happened to you?
MC: I used to drive back and forth between Toronto and… Eastern GTA Toronto quite a lot at really early morning hours when hardly any other cars are around.
So once it was something like four o’ clock in the morning and I was coming back on some forsaken back road highway with a kind of hill dividing the eastbound and westbound lanes.
There was something on the road that looked like a bowling ball, so I stopped to get it, because who doesn’t need a new bowling ball, right?
Well, wrong. Because there had been a car accident on the other side of the road and, well, yeah, I slowly came to realize that the bowling ball was actually a human head. It’s sort of like coming across something on the Internet you weren’t looking for, didn’t really want to see, and never want to see again. But, yeah – I found a human head once.
Michael Colangelo is a writer from Toronto.
Interview Two: Michael Lorenson

TT: Welcome Michael.  Where are you currently located?
ML: Montreal, Quebec (visiting Toronto for SFContario)

TT: What is the name of your story in Tesseracts Fourteen: Strange Canadian Stories?
ML: Random Access Memory from Tesseracts 14

TT: What inspired you to write your story?
ML: I had the idea for the technology first - of people recording their memories and experiences and making them available for others - and the idea of a character in trouble, but it wasn't much to go on so I filed it for a while. One day, while driving home from work, a song from my lengthy heavy metal playlist came on - a song about people sitting around playing Russian Roulette. The two ideas came together and I had to pull over so that I could record a voice memo for myself. The story grew from there.

TT: Since this collection is about Strange Canadian Stories, what is one of the strangest things that has ever happened to you personally?
ML: Does having a coyote leap over the median on the 401 in Whitby in front of my car count? It was funny in a $3000 worth of repairs sort of way. Honestly, I'm envious of people who have strange things happen to them all the time. I lead a fairly pedestrian life, which might explain why I like reading and writing about the unusual.

TT: A strange question you would like to ask other authors? (This question will be used at the 15 Days of Tesseracts event on BittenbyBooks.com on December 2/3.)
ML: If you were wallpaper, what pattern would you be and what sort of room would you like to be put into?
Michael Lorenson was born and raised in Montreal where he still resides with his wife, two sons, and cat. He recently rediscovered a love for writing after a long hiatus. "Random Access Memory" is his first publication but he is looking forward to many more years of letting his imagination carry him where it will.

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