Author Interview with Michael Mazza

Today I’m interviewing Michael Mazza, author of “That Crazy Perdfect Someday”. Welcome!

  1. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing fiction for roughly twenty years.

  1. What is your favorite genre to write?

Contemporary literary fiction.

  1. Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

I wouldn’t mind taking a shot at a thriller. But with so many great ones, I’d wade in cautiously.

  1. Please tell us about your book.

 

That Crazy Perfect Someday is the story of a gutsy pro surfer who risks everything she loves to rediscover who she is. It’s a story of elite athletic competition, treachery, forlorn love and loneliness. But the heart of it is a family drama that tests the bonds of a father and daughter teetering on the edge.

  1. Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

Where I have a great affinity for Mafuri Long, the main character, I have a soft spot for Nixon, the teenage Ferrari-driving pro gamer. As I followed him around, he revealed himself to be a sweet-intentioned, smart and lonely kid with a big heart. He’s socially challenged and trying desperately to fit in. If he were real, I’d want to mentor him. Perhaps that’s why I have a deeper connection to this character. My least favorite? Sorry for a cliché answer but it’s true. I love them all.

  1. What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Writing it was the easy part. Publishing it, on the other hand, felt near impossible.

  1. What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

Any parent with young children will appreciate that there is little time to one’s self. The only writing time available to me when my two boys were young was before they woke in the morning. So I decided to begin my day around 5:00-5:30 am. I’d fix my breakfast and jasmine tea, settle in, fire up my desktop computer, and write for an hour to an hour and a half before the daily whirlwind began. Now that they’ve grown I’ve maintained this writing routine. It’s 5:37 am as I write this interview.

  1. How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

The first draft took about a year with another eighteen months of re-writes.

  1. Can you tell us about your editing process?

I usually like to finish a story and put it in my digital drawer, get away from it for a few months, and then revisit it. Errors and dumb stuff become glaringly obvious when I come back to it months later with a fresh perspective. Then I find it important to have readers who will also point out other dumb stuff and plot holes and things that work and don’t work. Then it’s back to the draft.

  1. Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

Where it’s not a series, I can see spinning off a character or two into another novel or short story.

  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Yes. Brace yourself for an onslaught of rejection. It’s part of the gig. I asked T.C. Boyle this same wide-eyed question at a book signing. He swept his arm in a wide arc as if to describe the enormity of the room where he just lectured and said. “I could paper this entire place with my rejection letters.”

  1. Why should everyone read your book?

To my knowledge, this is the first novel to give voice to a professional woman surfer. It chronicles what it’s like to compete in a male-dominated sport, the frustrations women face, the rigors and hope. Also—I hope that my readers agree—it’s a very fast, fun, and entertaining read.

  1. If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

J.D, Salinger, J.M. Coetzee, and Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

  1. What inspired you to write your book?

My son took to surfing at an early age. On occasion, we’d ride waves together. But then he started to surf big and left me behind. When he began to compete in the NSSA, the contest schedule dictated long and tiring trips up and down the California coast. I became a surf dad, carting him to each contest for nearly a decade. This is where I absorbed surf culture first hand and witnessed the talented men and women competing first hand. I’ve never come across a novel about a professional female surfer and thought how much I’d like to write a smart portrayal of one living in a world of high-stakes competition and the family drama that comes with it.

That Crazy Perfect Someday

The year is 2024. Climate change has altered the world’s wave patterns. Drones crisscross the sky, cars drive themselves, and surfing is a new Olympic sport. Mafuri Long, UCSD marine biology grad, champion surfer, and only female to dominate a record eighty-foot wave, still has something to prove. Having achieved Internet fame, along with sponsorship from Google and Nike, she’s intent on winning Olympic gold. But when her father, a clinically depressed former Navy captain and widower, learns that his beloved supercarrier, the USS Hillary Rodham Clinton, is to be sunk, he draws Mafuri into a powerful undertow. Conflicts compound as Mafuri’s personal life comes undone via social media, and a vicious Aussie competitor levels bogus doping charges against her. Mafuri forms an unlikely friendship with an awkward teen, a Ferrari-driving professional gamer who will prove to be her support and ballast. Authentic, brutal, and at times funny, Mafuri lays it all out in a sprightly, hot-wired voice. From San Diego to Sydney, Key West, and Manila, That Crazy Perfect Someday goes beyond the sports/surf cliché to explore the depths of sorrow and hope, yearning and family bonds, and the bootstrap power of a bold young woman climbing back into the light.

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Author Bio

Michael Mazza is a fiction writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. His stories have appeared in Other Voices, WORDS, Blue Mesa Review, TINGE, and ZYZZYVA. He is best known as an internationally acclaimed art and creative director working in the advertising industry. Along with being named National Creative All-Star by Adweek, his work appears in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress. He has lectured throughout the country and abroad, most notably at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He has attended the Iowa Summer Writers’ Workshop, the Stanford Creative Writing workshop, and the Wharton School Executive Education MBA program. That Crazy Perfect Someday is his first novel. Connect with Michael at his website: www.mazzastory.com or on Twitter and Instagram: @mazzastory

 

 

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