What inspired you
to write your first audio play?
I had written an essay about a hack film director
defending a schlocky action film about the “War on Terror”. When I was
given the chance to write something for earstage, I kind of just built
on that a bit, and had the main characters be writers.
Do you have a
specific writing style?
No, I do lots of different things. But if I'm writing
something funny, or something that's supposed to be funny, I try to stay
far away from conveying any kind of non-comic message.
How did you come
up with the title?
Well, it comes from the saying “A day late and a dollar
short”, which just refers to general inadequacy.
Is there a
message in your audio play that you want readers to grasp?
No, there are no messages or inspiration to be gleaned
from “A Dollar Short”.
based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not really. I did have a woman at a cafe offer herself to
me to go once, and that appeared in the first episode. But I think
Who or what has
influenced your writing, and in what way?
I'm not sure. I know what I like, and I suppose that will
have influenced me. So perhaps Ian Frazier, Larry David, Christopher
Guest, and Charlie Kaufman.
What book are you
House of Leaves, by Mark Z Danielewski.
What are your
I'm writing a blog called
Indie English, and am
working on some music video treatments for someone. I also write essays
and short pieces and did a reading recently. I may be doing more of that
in the future.
If you had to do
it all over again, would you change anything in your latest audio play?
Yes, there are a couple of scenes that seemed like a much
better idea at the time; for example, the ludicrously long
coffee-ordering scene in episode two. I also dislike hearing my own
voice and would have casted someone else.
Do you recall how
your interest in writing originated?
Yes, I do. I saw the film “Being John Malkovich” and was
immediately inspired to write.
Is there anything
you find particularly challenging in your writing?
In terms of scripts, I find it difficult to edit myself.
When I write essays, the hard part for me is avoiding cliches. Much
modern comic writing is about describing mundane things in elegant
prose, and it's a good joke, but I try to avoid doing that.
What was the
hardest part of writing your audio play?
Thinking of names for people. I hate doing that.
Did you learn
anything from writing your audio play and what was it?
I think I have a better idea of what translates from the
page to finished product than I did before. I'm looking forward to
producing the third one.
Do you have
anything specific that you want to say to your listeners?
Not really. I guess I would say that the third episode
will be better than the first two combined. It's epic. Only problem is
where to go after that....