Let's get to know Beau Windon! Beau - AKA "The Boy Who Sleeps" is a Melbourne based author, and he's totally new to the scene. We're glad to have him in MIXTAPE ONE, and reckon you're gonna love his short story "ERROR CODE".
What is your favourite comfort food?
No other answer would be appropriate other than Pizza. Pizza has comforted me during times of heartbreak and personal failure. It also helps me through hangovers, and doesn't judge me when I do something a little strange or sad. I love you Pizza.
What's your all time favourite short story, and why? This is very hard to choose just one. So I think the award would go to the entire short story anthology "My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories". As an unashamed fan of cute romantic stories and Christmas specials, all twelve stories really light me up inside and just make me feel kind of gooey and happy.
Do you brush your teeth in the shower? NO
Who are the three authors who have inspired you the most?
JK Rowling: Harry Potter is the reason I fell in love with reading, the world she created was just the most blissful escape I could have asked for as a lonely teenager. And Rowling's own personal story and just who she is as a human being really motivates me to never give up.
Geoff Johns: He's a comic book writer, but the way he takes well-known properties and can really inject a feeling of freshness into the characters and world really amazes and inspires me. He took a universe like the Green Lantern series and redefined it in a way that made the Green Lantern books go from kinda meh to the most exciting space opera this side of Oa.
Masashi Kishimoto: A lot of the themes he touches on in his famous manga series Naruto just speaks to me on a whole other level. If I could create a story half as inspirational as Naruto I'd be proud of myself.
Have you released any writing before? Tell us about it, and where can we read it.
I've kept it hidden away on my computer for only my eyes to see. But I think it's time that I stop holding myself to such a high standard, stop being so harsh on myself and just get my work out there.
What does your writing space look like?
It's usually on my couch with my laptop and the view of Melbourne from my balcony window, or it's at my desktop computer looking at a poster of four Nannas and Batman waiting for a bus, and a snow globe from the musical Wicked.
You're about to sit and write for the day - but first, you need to get a drink. What's your beverage of choice? Rum, vanilla coke and a wedge of lime. I call it a Beau Job.
Tell us about your home city. Born in Sydney, grew up on the Gold Coast, and then I migrated to Melbourne about two years ago now. I think I'd classify Melbourne as my home city now as I'm well and truly in love with it. There's so much to do and see here. And Melbourne is where I discovered my love of improv which helped me get out of a rather dark spot.
What do you love about writing? I have a very wild imagination. It's a way to pull from my imagination and bring those characters and stories to life.
Usually a brand has a kind of personality about it, and you know what you're messing with when you associate with that brand. Up & Up is interesting, because it is brand new and doesn't really have an established personality yet. How do you feel about it? What do you make of all this?
I really like being a part of something new. It means that I'm helping to shape the way others think of the brand. It feels like Up & Up will have quite a wild personality once it gets out into the world.
Our motto at Up & Up is "The indie punk label of publishing for the garage bands of writing." What do you make of that? It's very fitting for someone like myself that doesn't really fit the same mould as a lot of people. I often feel out of place when talking to other writers. I often look out of place when trying to socialise with other writers. I often feel like I don't fit in because I'm a bit reckless and a bit eccentric. Plus I'm a fan of big dirty punk bands that can't be shoehorned. I think it's a great motto and something that will help the label really stand out.
What are your hobbies?
My biggest hobby besides writing and reading is doing improv. I went through the training program with the Improv Conspiracy and now I play with a team there called Tomp Canks (amongst doing other improv shows) which has carved out its own comedic voice through big fantastical fast paced absurd comedy.
What are your long-term writing plans?
I have several projects in progress at the moment. The first book in a potential YA series about a boy that doesn't fit in and heads into a surreal world on a quest to do something to impress the girl he's crushing on. An adult novel with an absurd look into the dark world of depression and faith. And a light novel series focused on a war brewing between humans and fae. All of them have a fantasy spin to them. I'm aiming to finish two of the three by the end of this year.
What question do you wish I'd asked you?
What's the weirdest dream you've ever had? You didn't ask though, so I'm not telling!