Friday, February 1, 2019

Ppigpenn Interview # 6


Martin Appleby

Age? (Feel free to ignore this question completely)


Location and occupation?

Hastings, England. Professional nobody.

How long have you been writing? Do you play an instrument as well?

In some form, or another, for as long as I can recall. I do not play any instruments, but wish I had learned to play one when I was younger.

Do you have a specific writing style? Hobbies?

I mainly write poetry, and the odd bit of a prose. I edit a literary zine called Paper and Ink, but I feel that it undervalues it slightly to call that a hobby. I like going to punk shows and I like watching boxing.

Do you write full-time?

I barely write part time. I am lazy as fuck.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer?
I would say that would be when John D. Robinson of Holy&Intoxicated Publications published my poetry chapbook, Worse Things Happen At Sea, in 2016.

What is your greatest challenge as a writer?

The annoying, nagging voice in the back of my mind that tells me I have nothing original or interesting to say.

What projects of yours have been recently published?  Books or Magazines?

In 2018 I had two chapbooks published – Keep Throwing That Jab by Iron Lung Press and Punk Is Dead, Long Live Punk by Analog Submission Press.

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

Issue 14 of my literary zine is just about to come out, or may even by out by the time this interview is published, after that I am looking to try and publish a novel by a writer called TJ Corless who has appeared in the zine previously.

Where can we find your work?

 How do you react to rejections?

They are part and parcel of being a writer. Take it on the chin. Roll with the punches. Gloves up. Keep throwing that jab. Keep typing.

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

Crack open a cold can of cider and rise a glass to the editor.

What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer?

I don't think any writer is truly sane. If we were we probably wouldn't need to write.

 What is your favorite book? 

Post Office by Charles Bukowski. That was a game changer for me.

   Who is your favorite author?

See above.

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

That is a tough question to answer. Most of the fiction that I read is filled with characters that you probably wouldn't want to spend a great deal of time around in real life, so I am going to go a bit left field and pick a character from a TV show that I love. In fact, two characters – grown up Daria Morgendorffer and Jane Lane from 90s animated show Daria. We'd grab a pizza and put the world to rights.

What is the greatest occupational hazard for a writer?

I guess that would have to be the fictionalization of real life, and how that can impact the other people in the events you are recalling. People don't always enjoy seeing themselves through the filter of other people's memory.

What is your preferred drink while you write?

Tea. I can not drink alcohol when writing. It just descends into nonsense.

Beach or Mountains?

Being someone who has lived on the coast my entire life, I would have to choose the beach.

Cats or Dogs?


The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

In all honesty I could take or leave either, but at a push I'd go with the Rolling Stones.

Jimi Hendrix or Frank Sinatra?


Shakespeare or Bukowski?


 Please provide as much or as little of the following information as you’d like. We want to hear about your country, please. Any dangerous wild animals or fish? Why would people like to visit your country?

England. The most dangerous, wild animals on these shores are not the animals but the people. Would you like to visit? After Brexit, we probably won't let you.

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