Let's get to know Starsky Tan! Last but not least, we'd like to introduce the final author from our first-ever short story book MIXTAPE ONE. We reckon you're gonna love Starsky's short story "Europe and Love", and we're super happy to have him on board. MIXTAPE ONE is coming soon!
What is your favourite comfort food?
What's your all time favourite short story, and why? Being a Stephen King fan, It's difficult to just pick one. There's Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, or Dolan's Cadillac where King explores the single mindedness of a man bent on revenge, then there's Big Driver where a mystery writer is raped and carefully plans the execution of her rapist. His short stories showed me that a writer can be good enough not to be pigeonholed into one writing genre. If I were to recommend a short story/novella collection it would be Different Seasons which contained Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, The Body, (adpated to become the film Stand By Me), Apt Pupil (also adapted into a movie starring Ian Mckellan) and The Breathing Method. It was such an inspiring collection of characters and storylines which showed King was not "only" a horror writer, with only The Breathing Method showing a hint of the supernatural. I loved these stories because they drew you in and made you want to live in their world forever.
Do you brush your teeth in the shower? NO
Who are the three authors who have inspired you the most?
Raymond E. Feist inspired me to write, Stephen King taught me how a good writer writes and Steig Larsson simply because he introduced me to Lisbeth Salander.
Have you released any writing before? Tell us about it, and where can we read it.
A short story about International Adoption was published as part of short story collection. It was based on a true story and I knew I had written it well when a source for the story cried after she finished reading the story. The book can be purchased at Amazon (LINK).
I finally got the big writing desk I wanted. Next to my laptop are my writing journals and David Trottier's The Scriptwriter's Bible.
You're about to sit and write for the day - but first, you need to get a drink. What's your beverage of choice?
Tell us about your home city.
My current home city is Melbourne. I transferred here from the Gold Coast in 2004. I'm a mad Western Bulldogs supporter so that was a bonus but what I love the most about Melbourne is it's never boring and there's always something to do.
What do you love about writing?
Perhaps the main reason I fell in love with writing was because of four people. As I mentioned before there was Raymond E. Feist and Stephen King but in terms of scriptwriting, David E. Kelley and Aaron Sorkin made me want to be a writer. What I love about writing is its flexibility but it can also lead to tough decision making. For example I had a story idea but I had to figure what was the best medium to show the audience? Was there enough juice for a novel? Would a short story be better or perhaps a film script? In the end, I've settled on it being told via a script and I'm currently working on the Outline.
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 like the fact that we're all starting from scratch. It's organic and shows that Up & Up does not have a pre conceived agenda and doesn't choose a particular genre of stories for publication. This allows a more open approach and encourages a flexibility in stories that can be published as part of the Up & Up masthead.
Our motto at Up & Up is "The indie punk label of publishing for the garage bands of writing." What do you make of that?
I love it because it gives off the vibe of giving writers a chance for publication. And as all writers know, a chance to tell our stories to an audience is a basic principle of being a writer.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, Writing, watching movies and (binge) watching TV series and going to the gym.
What are your long-term writing plans?
Currently I'm working on a film script but I have several stories that are works in progress. One of them is a Fantasy novel that I've been working off and on since 2014 (current total of 30,500 words) and a short story where teachers are armed in schools (just need to write the epilogue). I've also completed a TV Pilot script - just need to pitch the idea to a TV exec!
What question do you wish I'd asked you?
Why did you want to be a writer? I know you asked me who inspired me to be a writer and why I love writing but the main reason I WANTED to be a writer was to make a difference in the Australian writing landscape, namely film and television. Let's face it, Australian Television content is 90% reality tv, with a lack of production for scripted television and what scripted television we have are a bunch of characters that are so vanilla it makes my eyes hurt. This lead me to completing an MA in Writing in 2015 and a half completed Australian TV Pilot police procedural script about the war on Ice.