Here’s a new series we’re running at Crazy 8 Press …
You wanted to know more about us, but you know what they say … be careful for what you wish for. You might surely get it! What that warning in mind, here are 8 Things you Need to Know About Crazy 8 Press Author Russ Colchamiro (but might have been afraid to ask, or might be traumatized by, now that you know them).
1- Russ’ first work of fiction came in the 3rd grade. It was a King Arthur-esque action/mystery tale, with the evil King Quenpor. Wow. Was it bad.
2- During his student teaching tenure in Buffalo, NY, Russ taught five classes a day, all 11th grade English. He didn’t meet two of his students because they were out — on maternity leave — each for their second child.
3- A one-time Wiffle ball aficionado, one summer afternoon, in front of his house in Merrick, NY, on Long Island, Russ was on the mound. Pitching, he chucked a pretty good slider, which his buddy smacked over his head. Russ dashed after the batted ball, across the street, head craned in the air. He leapt, to make an incredible basket catch, Willie Mays-style, but his foot hit the curb, hard. When he came down, Russ landed on his wrist, to brace himself. He wound up badly spraining his left wrist, which required a splint, and broke the big toe on his right foot, putting him on the DL for 6 weeks. The first recorded injury in Wiffle Ball history.
4- The characters of Jason Medley and Theo Barnes, from Russ’ hilarious Finders Keepers trilogy, are indeed based upon Russ and his friend, a native New Zealander. Russ does warn readers, however, that all of the European and New Zealand backpacking scenes, are, in fact, fictional, no matter how authentic they might appear. But all of the scifi, galactic, time-bending elements are totally real, based on true events.
5- During one crazy night in Brooklyn he will never forget, Russ did place his lips on those of a dead girl. A very. Dead. Girl. But that’s a story for another day, which he promises he will tell … once the therapy sessions enable him to recall the event without sending him back to the loony bin.
6- In his rousing scifi adventure novel, Crossline, Russ penned a truly hilarious scene involving Gefilte Fish. But he had to cut the scene to keep the action moving along. He’s trying to find a way to bring the scene back in follow-up Crossline adventures, but can’t promise because he can’t stand the smell or taste of Gefilte Fish, no matter how many Seders he attends.
7- During Russ’ trip overseas, many moons ago, that inspired his debut novel Finders Keepers, his cat, Alex, was hit by a car. Alex was terribly injured, but ultimately made a full recovery. About 15 years later, while Russ was at the NY Comic Con debuting Finders Keepers, his dog, Simon, was hit by a car, terribly injured. He, too, made a full recovery. We don’t know what’s up with that book, it’s got some crazy mojo attached to it. Which is particularly odd, considering that, fundamentally, Finders Keepers is about enjoying life to its fullest, as often as you can, as thoroughly as you can, for as long as you can.
8- In both Finders Keepers and Crossline, some of Russ’ characters profess their love and loyalty for one another, themes that are particularly important to him, even within the context of his wild, scifi adventures. In all cases, Russ says those scenes are really love letters to his wife, Liz. Even after 14 years together, Liz is more than Russ’ wife; she’s his girl.
This blog was originally posted on the Crazy 8 Press web site: http://www.crazy8press.com/2014/05/02/8-things-you-need-to-know-about-russ-colchamiro/