Friday, December 27, 2013

INTERVIEW: BEN JOHN SMITH


Name?

Ben John Smith, or as Moe would say, “… Oi, you in the bushes!”

Age? (Feel free to ignore this question completely)

29, missed 27 without doing anything amazingly poetic or dying in a brilliant burn out, so looks like im on the wagon now for the long and bitter end.

Location?

Melbourne, Australia. Born in Leeds, England but went back for a visit and confirmed firmly the idea I always thought to be gospel - FUCK living back in the UK.

How long have you been writing?

I put out my first collection 3 years ago, which I guess is when I started taking writing seriously, if you can say I take writing serious; albeit a writer at all.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I think if you read one or two of my things you will see a relation, but no real style. I have written books on chess and 4 poems about my foreskin.  I follow the Gonzo approach, HST : Horror Sleaze and Trash.

Do you write as a career?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No. Im an industrial painter by trade. If i was living of what i make id be blowing cash to my dick. I make zero dollars from this shit. Even with HST getting 1000s of hits a day, i make nothing. I give my chaps away for free. Im not here for a living, just sharing one.

Do you write full-time?

If something happens, or I see something that I can put into some words, I key it into my phone and email it to myself. But I don’t write full time. I write constantly, but its not something i need to do. 

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer?

Honestly, not trying to be condescending, but just being level with dudes. Meeting so many fucking fine people and having a relationship with people over what im writing and if they like it or hate it. I have met some of the best people alive because i got to put something together they liked. That spins out my balls. And being number 1 ebook sale over Banjo patterson was a groove, hahaha.

What is your ultimate goal as a writer?

Entertain people, make the horrible somewhat bearable. I don’t know, I haven’t much anticipation. Id like to write a novel that sells millions but my old man always said “wish in one hand and shit in the other” – know what I mean?

What is your greatest challenge as a writer?
Getting the okay to publish most the stuff I write from my toughest critic; the missus.

What projects of yours have been recently published?

A new chap “Poems my mum can show here friends”

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work?

Working on the third stream of consciousness chap book that I have been putting out. I did one with. All artists have been fucking great and kind and lasting friends.

Where can we find your work?

www.horrorsleazetrash.com or you can just google me and find some stuff.


       How do you react to rejections?

Run a long warm bath with the toaster.

       How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication?

Let the good times roll baby!

       What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer?
           
            Hahahaha DON’T! What kind of good writer is completely well adjusted? No writer I wanna read, that’s for damn sure.


       What is your favorite book?

Kazuo Isuguro’s “The Unconsoled” – I found it in a box going to good weill when I worked a bar job in England.  A friends friend had committed suicide in the room across the road. It was his book. I was smoking a lot of hash but that was a fucking experience. That book blew my mind.

       Who is your favorite author?

Palahnuik or Bukowski. Tough call but I recon Buk would have beaten his in a fight so ill run with the big fella on this one. I like Kevin Sampsel as well. That dude is a dude.

        If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?

            William Burroughs Spare Ass Annie… Know what I mean?

        What is the greatest occupational hazard for a writer?

Liver failure, wounded egos, delusions of grandeur

        What is your favorite word?

Easy – Moist. Moist.  That’s a GREAT fucking word.

        What makes you laugh?
           
            Modern Family. My dad. The kindness of strangers

      What makes you cry?

When the automatic doors dont open for people and they stand there waving at the light thing ontop of the door.  Television advertisments with sad songs or old men singing. Over bearing woman. Bullys. The kindness of strangers.

What is your preferred drink while you write?

Its used to be white wine, but I got drunk at the casino on Sav and fell 3 stories, broke my spine and fractured my pelvis – swore to the old lady that was it, me and the womans drink had to part ways. Im sticking to beer from now on.

Beach or Mountains?

Mountains, hunnit percent. Gimmie the rocky road, nothing worse than having sand in your vagina. Plus to many humans on the beach.

Cats or Dogs?

Hahaha shiiiiiit. Cats man. I have a portrait of my old at Charles on my stomach and 2 other cattoos on my thighs. Im a pussy man till i fucking DIE.

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

Stones. But old stones, not the stones now charing 600 bucks for a ticket at hanging rock, that’s just no cricket.

Jimi Hendrix or Frank Sinatra?

Blue eyes. Being so white I can listen to Jimmy, but I cant hear Jimmy.

Shakespeare or Bukowski?

Buk over the Bard. Knowing the shake will get you more pussy for sure but im out the game, I have been with my woman 15 years. im getting married for god sake and my woman sure as shit couldnt give two shits about old man writers.

     Please provide as much or as little of the following information as you’d like.

Personal website/blog:

www.horrorsleazetrash.com           

Facebook profile or page:

https://www.facebook.com/horrorsleazetrash

Twitter profile:

https://twitter.com/Horrorslztrash

Other page(s) or profile(s):

      Books for sale and/or press

http://www.lulu.com/shop/ben-smith/horror-sleaze-trash/hardcover/product-15147846.html

http://www.lulu.com/shop/ben-smith/dancing-naked-on-bukowskis-grave/hardcover/product-16372514.html


      Anything you’d like to share about your country, its people, or native animals?

Yeah, id like to clear a few things up about aus if I may. Asure, we got a lot of spiders and snakes but you rarely see em. Ive lost more friends to suicide or automobile accidents than shark attacks.  And for the dudes in the states, like "fuck going to australia" - look at your murder rate baby! Insects are the least of your problems, its the humans you gotta be weary of.

Australia is by far the best place in the world i have laid my head, the true aussies are the greatest achievement in the human experiment..



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