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Negative Space tells the story of a provocative Los Angeles painter named Max Higgins, on the verge of local fame. The secret to his work’s haunting allure? He collects photos of missing persons and incorporates them into his paintings, giving the often melancholy faces, as he puts it, a “home in his work.” This fascination stems from the bizarre disappearances of people he knew growing up, including his father. Then, one day, someone recognizes a face in one of his paintings, and he is suddenly thrust into a journey as surreal as anything from his brush, a journey into his past that will determine irrevocably his future.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
That’s a hard one to answer in terms of Negative Space, which, quite honestly, exists
in the “negative space” between genres (yes, bring on the pity laughs!). The book is a
medley of coming-of-age, road journey, stream-of-consciousness, mystery, and thriller. It
was one of the few books of mine that truly just dictated itself. I was along for the ride.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
You just gotta have to do it. If writing stories is part of your very DNA, if you can barely
go a day without getting something out on paper, or reading, if in your non-writing time
your brain is consistently trying to piece together ideas and inspiration for stories, you
should never, ever give up (not that you’d be able to, anyway). You should keep doing
what you were meant to, keep getting better regardless of any external indifference.
Persistence and improvement will always yield some measure of success, and bring
you into contact with people who think like you. However, if professional writing is
something you’d “one day like to try”, when, maybe, you “have the time”, I honestly
wouldn’t hold my breath. It’s such a long, laborious process, from composition to
revision to publication to promotion, that you probably shouldn’t do it unless the dogged
passion is there. Note that I mean aspiring career-writers. I know plenty of folks who
dabble leisurely in journals or poems or stories for themselves. That’s great, but it’s a
Mike Robinson has been writing since age 7, when his story Aliens In My Backyard! became a runaway bestseller, topping international charts (or maybe that was also just a product of his imagination).
He has since published fiction in a dozen magazines, literary anthologies and podcasts. His debut novel, Skunk Ape Semester, released by Solstice Publishing, was a Finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Currently he’s the managing editor of Literary Landscapes, the official magazine of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (glaws.org). His supernatural mystery novel The Green-Eyed Monster was published by Curiosity Quills Press on October 23rd, 2012.
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What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Negative Space draws from a number of interests and experiences of mine, from my
colorful stint at art school (yes, pun intended) to my encounters with eclectic artistic
culture to my personal relationships and, finally, to my love of unexplained phenomena
and philosophy. It is quite a thematic stew, synthesized into what I see as a surreal
meditation on humankind’s disparate natures — the beastly and the divine — and how
art might reconcile them, and assist in our personal as well as collective evolution. Less
esoterically, much of the book’s inspiration also came from several road trips I’ve taken,
some to areas of strange repute. The book, I should note, also expands upon the world of
my other novel The Green-Eyed Monster, though it is self-contained.