Author Interview with C.J. Walworth author of Super Underwear Man

Author Interview with C.J. Walworth author of Super Underwear Man

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What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Ans. => I like oddball humor, especially where errors in grammar can lead to humorous and exotic misunderstandings between the characters in a book. For example, in my Super Underwear Man Rides Again! Novel, the main character’s sidekick, SumoMan, is a Japanese Sumo wrestler, who has trouble with his English language, but not the sort of trouble you or I would expect.  SumoMan gets into trouble, because he tries to apply perfection to the English language and when he does so, funny things happen.

 What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Ans. =>  I crank up Word and allow my mind to wonder into whatever area it wants to go, so long as there is a modicum of focus.  You cannot force funny, so I don’t force the funny, I just end up deleting a lot of the unfunny.

 When did you write your first book and how old were you?

Ans. => My first book was a comic book and I was likely about 12-ish; I went to school with a very good comic book artist kid who was making World War Two themed comic books – by hand.  This artist was a genius. His art was so realistic.  I wish I could remember his name … His face I remember … but his name escapes me.  We went to school for only about one year and it was in Fountain Valley, California, at a long torn-down and forgotten Montessori-type school on Brookhurst St. and Warner Ave. near an old Carl’s Jr.  It was about 1974 or so.  Kinda hard to remember exactly. But I made my first comic book and this kid said it was good, but that the art needed some work. He was right.  Here I am now. I recall that he bought the first comic book I ever sold.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Ans. => Even when you have a good product, and a funny product, the publishers can be too timid to take any chances whatsoever on new talent, or at least in my case, old talent, or perhaps marginal talent. They are all gun shy and unwilling take any chances, should they OH-MY-GOD be wrong.  It is like tuning into a modern radio station, and son of a gun, they still play the Stones. The world has changed, but the dinosaurs are unable to adapt.  And, yes, I continue to expect some big publisher to come a calling, so that I can tell them to … … sit and talk for awhile.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Ans. => Plus or minus about fifteen or so different books, is how many I’ve written, including about 8 comic books – oh and one book which tells you how to fix your credit score in a mostly legal manner, a few patents and an occasional trademark – you gotta do so much paperwork nowadays, that I count them just like I’ve written a book.  I love my newest work, Super Underwear Man Rides Again! HOWEVER, I am working on a new film noir hardboiled detective novel which I’ll pick up again soon. This character HATES bikers. More on this perhaps later.

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Super Underwear Man Rides Again!:

A super hero comedy novel.  Kindle Edition

Total reboot for the Class-B Superheroes.

What does your family think of your writing?

Ans. =>  My Mom has written many stories for many, many years.  She is a writer.  She lives crossword puzzles. She does NOT discourage me.  Getting her to laugh at my outlandish stunts or stories still brings great joy. My youngest child is a special kid and she helped me come up with my main girl super hero, Underpanties!  She likes to call me “Mr. Panties” as a sort of means by which she will get me to chase her around the house.  Underpanties wears Rumba Pants to protect her true identity.  I’d say everyone is supportive – except for the single unsupportive one – and she knows who she is; I need say no more.

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Sea Rebel (November 8, 2017)

 Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they

Ans. => Start typing and polish up on your editing skills.  Be careful should you employ English editor from England, Scotland, Wales, etc.:  They utilize all sorts of misspelled words and they hyphenate things in un-natural and un-American ways, IMHO.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Ans. => I have heard this a few times. A mother told me that my comic books helped to get her young special boy to read.  It is hard to get a better compliment than that.  I HELPED A KID LEARN TO READ!!! YAHOO!

 Do you like to create books for adults or children…Why?

Ans. =>  In the Super Underwear Man, I disguise my writing as if it were for Children, but the fact is that adults get about as much enjoyment as children do.  Also, I am not afraid to use BIG or COMPLEX words in my works. Sometimes, I hear back that I should use little words.  A reader found me and complained that his kid was asking him about words that he needed to look up. I just laughed, and made a mental note to use more BIG words in my next works.  This book, I added some archaic words, too.

 What do you think makes a good story?

Ans. => Truth surrounded by fanciful … … fantasy, so that you eventually get to the truth, but you have taken the long way and had a fun trip to get there.

 As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Ans. => I wanted to sail around the world like they do on S/V Delos.  My parents got me a book about this young kid that sailed alone around the world in about 1972. It was a fantastic book.  I wanted to do the same thing.  I still want to. Later, I found out about computers, and then girls.  Thank god, Computers first.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Ans. =>  1990’s … I was having high level software development discussions with other engineers, and I forget the exact discussion, but the talk devolved into some obscure discussion, and I obfuscated the task at hand with some sort of ridiculous scenario to help solve whatever was going wrong, and then I learned that the boss was listening all the time.  Later, instead of him firing me, he told me that he could see that the oddball insights I brought allowed for some idiot ideas to be dismissed rapidly, so that the team could get onto the next idiot idea.  He told me I ought to be a writer.

How long does it take you to write this books?

Ans. => This new novel book is a two year affair, because funny is hard to write. And, funny is everything.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Ans. =>  Sit down early Monday through Friday, sometimes Saturday and Sunday for a few hours at a time and usually go 6 to 8 hours a day.  When other items come up, I do not  sweat it, I just work it in.  Sometimes funny stuff comes out of drudgery.

What brought you to write this book series?

Ans. => This new novel allows me to go much deeper into the characters that make up the Super Underwear Man cast of characters.  The depth of evil of Mouse and Dr. Melvin are greatly examined, and now I have the word counts to make them very deep. For example, I have always like vernacular language, especially in regards to gangsters, so in Super Underwear Man Rides Again!, Mouse has an over-the-top use of the English language where I employ vernacular as well as phonetic misspellings and generally bad grammar.  It is a hoot.  Somehow, as a writer, being able to use bad grammar and purposeful misspellings is liberating.

How you become a published author? Any inspiration?

Ans. => My inspiriations can be oddball:  In 1997, I visited Comic-Con at San Diego with my comic book partner at the time, who dressed-up as the Super Underwear Man.  It was a hoot.  We visited with some really fun characters, including Too Much Coffee Man, who took us around and showed us the ropes.  The Convention seated us at an obscure table way back in the middle of nowhere. We were next to these guys that were fantastic artists, except that they drew furry human-like animals with furry tails. So basically we had a bunch of weirdoes constantly coming by our table and scaring off the children and their parents and our customers, many of who had traveled from far away to see the Super Underwear Man.

In a failed attempt to discourage and publicly shun the unwanted furry freaks, I coined the term “Fur-Vert” and threw-it at them … but my verbal attack failed to dislodge them.  In fact, one guy whipped out a pen and stole my copyright – right in front of me—he loved my new term. Anyway, we had a fun time that year, and I’m glad (and frankly quite surprised) to hear that the Fur-Verts have done so well economically – but I still just can’t quite wrap my arms around the idea.  If a Fur-Vert should one day tell you that he coined the term, I have witnesses that will swear in court to certain facts, having in fact participated in the actual events in question. (The success of the Fur-Vert told me that Super Underwear Man could also be successful!)

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Ans. => My brother has always told me that I have an overly “active imagination.”  He meant that his B.S. alarm was going off … but I took it as a good thing.  Still do. I guess that I’m just not smart enough to take it the way he might have meant for me to take it.

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Super Underwear Man Rides Again!:

A super hero comedy novel.  Kindle Edition

Total reboot for the Class-B Superheroes.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Ans. => I write software code for microcontrollers. I changed to ARM from Zilog a few years back. I like to write interrupt handlers for the same microcontrollers.  I can create hardware circuit boards that operate up to about 200 MHz … I’ve done a few GHz boards.

What’s next for you? What are you working on now?

Ans. => My next work will be either to start a script based off “Super Underwear Man Rides Again!” novel, which an L.A. Producer has offered me $350/hour plus percentage of the gross, or I will complete the hardboiled film noir detective novel I started.  Either way, I want to try my hand at screenplays.  So next year will be very interesting. In addition, I have several more Super Underwear Man color comic books in the works, nearing completion, including Origins! And Recertification.  For Christmas 2017, I have an all new full color “Better Not Mess With Santa!” which is a fun what-if comic book which deals with what might happen if Super Underwear Man were to accidently crash into Santa on Christmas Eve. And, 2018 will bring between 3 and 4 all new color Super Underwear Man comic books.

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