Storytime for Grownups, Author Spotlight : Denis Fitzpatrick, author of ‘Aberrant Selected’

In cooperation with Waldorf Publishing, we are proud to give you more insight into some of the finest authors of fiction and non-fiction in the literary world today. In this interview, we are proud to introduce you to Denis Fitzpatrick.

How did you get your start in the literary world? Firstly, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant inspired me to be a writer. But what started to bring the money in was literary busking, walking up and down the main street of inner city Sydney suburbs, asking passers-by if they want to buy one of my, professionally printed, fiction booklets. They sold very well. That was basically the start of a chain of events that eventually had me labelled ‘Sydney’s hippest writer’ and ‘the hippest of off-beat writers’ by the publishing house, Independence Jones (no longer trading.)

Can you tell us a little more about what you do? I write about mental illness, reflecting my own positive experiences with paranoid schizophrenia, of which I am currently in a full remission. But I still have to have a day job, in my parents’ law firm.

What is your favorite part about being an author? I like painting myself into a corner and then escaping via the lateral use of logic.

How do you get your inspiration? I find it incredibly easy to get inspired. I just need a blank, feint-ruled page.

Of all the characters you’ve created, which one would you like to see come alive on the silver screen? I believe in the many worlds theory, in quantum physics. All my characters are real, alive, and exist in possible Universes. I do worry about them, and hope they are all fine, and enjoying life. I worry about them all equally. Although, that being said, their lives are pretty much predetermined.

What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career? My writing career has been one long party, so it’s impossible to select the funniest event; it’s all been hilarious.

Can you tell us a bit about your book? Aberrant Selected is a collection of my previously published short stories about mental illness, and some personal favourites. Mental illness is portrayed positively in the book, as basically another world view. Mental illness is after all a broad spectrum, somewhere along of which everybody has a place.

What is your next big project? Another collection of short stories, entitled, Every Begging Night. It’s around 70,000 words and I have about 85% of the draft ready for submission to publishers. That being said, I am presently on indefinite writing holidays.

Anything else you’d like to add? I have always been proud of my schizophrenia, and this is portrayed in Aberrant Selected. My schizophrenia has always provided me with unique perspectives, magic, and attracts interesting people to me. I am still very proud to be a paranoid schizophrenic.

 

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