Interview with the Irish Gazette (Aug 2010)

New Book From Local Author Mike Faricy

Fans of local author Mike Faricy will be excited to learn of his latest release, End of the Line. Set in St. Paul, Faricy has set up another group of his classically quirky characters to interact unpredictably in a hilariously bizarre tale.

St. Paul businessman Perkin Hoyt, a victim of the great recession and a long trail of bad luck, is unable to even get an appointment at the bank, never mind a loan. Meanwhile, across town, handyman Christy Keenan purchases a hot laptop that comes with ‘additional attachments’ such as the inept Lewis brothers, hit man Morris Carney, scammer Alfie Costello, behind the scenes schemer Dallas Gornik, not to mention a bank heist.

The story line weaves Perkin and Christy together as two of the more sane individuals in another of Faricy’s deliciously engaging worlds. It’s truly the End of the Line; the question is, for whom?

Mike Faricy spends his time between St. Paul and Dublin. End of the Line is his sixth novel now available for electronic download at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.com. To learn more see the author’s web site at MikeFaricy.com.

We recently caught up with Mike in St. Paul,

Gazette: End of the Line is your sixth novel, any plans for a seventh?

Faricy: I’m working on number seven as we speak and hope to have it available by November. It’s another St. Paul setting and a new batch of local characters.

Gazette: Your books are only available for electronic download, why’s that?

Faricy: Honestly? Impatience and economics. Traditional publishing is in crisis; publishers these days don’t have the money to risk on new authors, so it’s nearly impossible for emerging writers to get read, much less published. And more than one publisher told me that if they accepted my manuscript, it would still take between twelve and eighteen months before it was ink on paper. A year and a half? Come on. Having a shelf of beautifully bound hard covers from some big New York house is a thrill, believe me, but you only need to watch someone with a Kindle®, Nook®, Ipad® or other electronic device to understand what the future of books is going to look like. I’m not willing to wait and neither are my fans. Ultimately, it’s really for their ease and convenience, they can download a book anywhere, anytime. A summer read on the beach, maybe in front of the fireplace or even in bed.

Gazette: How often do you write?

Faricy: Seven days a week, a lot of it in the dark, either before 7:30 a.m. or after 6:30 p.m. Six months of the year I live in Dublin where I can write from about 8:30 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon. On an average day I put out about ten pages. Then I edit those the following morning and write another ten.

Gazette: Is it hard to split your life between the two cities?

Faricy: Yes and no. The Dublin winter is usually like mid November in Minnesota so the aspect of no shoveling is nice, a beastly summer temperature in Dublin might approach 75F. One of the most difficult things is missing a birthday, wedding or God forbid a funeral. I just can’t hop on a flight and wing it back to the states for all those events. I mail an awful lot of cards. I really miss family and friends. Of course, once my wife has had about enough of my direction, I suddenly find myself in the Dublin airport with my luggage. When I’m in St. Paul, I miss my wife, and of course the time I have to write in Dublin. Living in two different cities there is the usual chaos that comes with whatever I’m looking for at the moment invariably is folded neatly in a dresser 5000 miles away.

Gazette: Your books tend to have elements of mystery, suspense, crime, and even romance-all with a generous amount of black comedy. How would you describe your books? What authors have inspired you?

Faricy: My books fall into the suspense thriller category, with a strong dose of the black comedy you mentioned. People like to be entertained and I’ve been fortunate to develop tales of local folks doing some pretty entertaining things. As far as authors, the list continues to grow. Certainly Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, Michael Connelly, Robert B. Parker. Of course I’d have to mention John Sanford, Kent Kruger and Vince Flynn, all Minnesota guys. I have a tendency to land on an author and inhale everything they’ve written. I probably read two or three books per week on average. I always try and incorporate strong local connections. People are always telling me they recognize a setting.

Gazette: Twin Cities readers say they love the references to real local spots, and even some of your fictional establishments do sound strangely familiar. Can you tell us if any of these were inspired by real Minnesota places and/or people? How about a hint?

Faricy: Most of the setting are based on real life Minnesota settings.. I like reading John Sanford, with Lucas Davenport on I94 or Virgil Flowers turning off highway 101 pulling a boat. Certainly places like the lounge at Mancini’s, the St. Anthony Park drive up bank, The Spot bar, the old First National Bank building, Grand Ave. Of course a lot of Minnesota settings like, Duluth, or Grand Rapids. I’m always setting situations in places and with things we see every day. I’m a bagpiper in the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band, we always seem to end up in some pretty interesting places.

Gazette: Thanks for chatting. Where should we look for book seven in November?

Faricy: People can visit my website, MikeFaricy.com. All the books are there, available for download, along with release updates, press info, FAQs and other fun stuff to browse. Feel free to drop me a note; I love to get comments and questions from readers and they will usually hear back from me.

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