Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Chat with Michael Offutt author of Slipstream

A couple of months ago I read and reviewed Slipstream, which I had a great time reading. Michael is here today to tell us more about his book.


“Last night I died for the third time this week...”

Jordan Pendragon is crazy good at fixing situations that have gone bad. It’s a talent prized by his high school ice hockey team. However, when a car accident puts Jordan in the hospital, he wakes up with more than just an amazing slapshot in his toolbox. Jordan can manipulate space-time and in just a few weeks, he’ll depend on it to save his life.

In the story, Jordan has an almost instant attraction to drugs. Why did you decide to give him a flaw like this?

Jordan is intellectually arrogant. He also believes that he’s invincible because of his youth, because he knows he’s good-looking, and because he’s an athlete. He’s never failed at anything he put his mind to, so he doesn’t know what failure feels like. He approaches drugs with the same arrogant attitude. Jordan would say, “I’m invincible and this can’t possibly hurt me so I’m going to see what it’s like to get high. I don’t care if people say it’s bad. They only say that because stupid people get addicted. I’m not stupid.”

What is your favorite chapter in SLIPSTREAM and why?

I like the last chapter. In a conversation between the Light and Jordan, everything is explained. It’s like everything comes into focus and there’s a huge reveal.

Tell us about your two favorite characters from the story and why? (My favorite was Kolin)

Jordan is my favorite because he’s incredibly smart which is (for me) really sexy. I also love Kathy because she’s independent, compassionate, and also smart. I like intelligent characters. Nearly everyone in the book pops off with something remarkably astute at some point or another.

What do you feel is Jordan's best quality? What is his worst?

Jordan’s best and worst quality is loyalty. He’d follow a friend off the edge of a cliff. He would never say no to a friend, even if it meant breaking the law. And he gives of himself to those for whom he has developed an affection toward (even if this means hurting himself to continue giving).

What is your favorite scene in the book and why?

SPOILER ALERT: The part where I show that the Light has been physically shorn in half. I thought that was cool and kind of original. It’s not every day that you meet a god that has been cut in half.

During the story, Jordan eventually realizes that he's gay. Did you have any reservations about going this route with your main character? Or was it planned from the beginning and why?

I planned it from the beginning. There aren’t enough gay characters in science-fiction. I had no reservations except for maybe turning off the extremely conservative crowd. And those people wouldn’t buy my book anyway. I wrote the kind of book I would want to read. It’s rated-R. I like rated-R stuff.

I admired how you wrote the dialogue for the Kolin, the British character. How did you get so good at it?

LOL I took three years to write this book. Dialogue came by watching British shows and reading English slang. But yeah…three years. I wrote slowly and nit-picked the dialog. I find British/English/Welsh accents to be incredibly sexy. So that’s a motivator.

10. What actors would play Jordan, Kathy and Kolin if Slipstream was made into a movie and why?

Cameron Monaghan as Jordan

I would have Cameron Monaghan play Jordan. He’d have to have his hair dyed blond. He’s the kid that plays Ian Gallagher on Shameless. 

Emma Watson as Kathy

I would want Emma Watson to play Kathy. She’d also have to have her hair dyed blond. I think she’d look good that way though.

Alex Pettyfer as Kolin

I would want Kolin to be played by Alex Pettyfer. He’s British so the accent would be a shoe-in. He’s blond and young BUT NOT a teenager. I think that’d be perfect.

Join the contest!

I have a contest for the release of my book. I will pick one random person who comments on this post to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card and a SLIPSTREAM jeweled spider (the same person wins both prizes). The jeweled spider really sparkles in the sunlight. I hope whoever wins it really likes it. Also, please make sure that your email is linked to your signature in some way. And yes, the crystal spiders play an important role in my book.


1) Mark my book “To Read” on Goodreads.
2) Comment on this post.
3) Tweet this post if you have twitter. You don’t have to sign-up for twitter. It’s the “honor” system.

That’s it. I will choose a winner on Saturday, May 19th. And thank you, Cindy, for having me on your fine blog.

Purchase Links:

Double Dragon Publishing
Barnes and Noble

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Thanks for being here today Michael.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You get Emma Watson in your film and it will be huge!

Elise Fallson said...

I enjoy British accents/humor as well. Can't wait to read the book!

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

I was curious about the British slang too. I was glad to be reading it on my Kindle because I didn't know what some of that was. So I learned something.

Charity Bradford said...

I love all of your actor choices! I could totally see them as your characters too. Especially Pettyfer.

DEZMOND said...

yay for sf gay :)
And yay for Pettyfer, but Michael knows the two of us have a thing for blonds... :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

@Alex: Emma is a really talented young woman for sure. I'm impressed with her (obviously).

@Elise: British accents are pretty hot.

@P.T.: Ebooks are way better than paper imo.

@Charity: He's smokin' hot

@Dezmond: I thought it was just me Dezzy. But thanks for letting me know you share my peculiar fetish.

Elise Fallson said...

@Michael: I agree 100% about the British accents. He [sexy with British accent] could talk to me about his toaster and I'd need to take a cold shower.

Andrew Leon said...

I get the feeling you're into blond, Michael.

Give me that spider!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

@Andrew: LOLOLOL

Southpaw said...

The toughest question asked, "What is your favorite chapter in SLIPSTREAM and why?" - Good answer but still it must have been tough too choose.

Cherie Reich said...

I love British accents too. There's just something about them.

E.J. Wesley said...

Favorite answer: " It’s rated-R. I like rated-R stuff." :)

No better reason to write something than YOUR reason. Wishing all the success in the world for Michael.


Laura said...

Love your choice of cast!
Laura x

Cindy said...

Thanks for the comments and good luck with the contest. :)

M Pax said...

Nice cast, Michael. I like that you gave the MC flaws. I'm really looking forward to reading this.

Waving at Cindy.

LynNerdKelley said...

Great interview, Cindy and Michael. I enjoy hearing authors talk about their books and characters. You picked a cool cast to play your characters!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

@southpaw: It was kind of tough to choose lol

@Cherie: I agree

@E.J.: Prometheus just got hit with an R-Rating. You don't see 20th Century Fox batting an eye.

@Laura: Thanks. I have an eye for that.

@MPax: My MC has tons of flaws.

@Lyn: Thanks. Cindy asks fun questions.

Carol Riggs said...

Love the cover and the book summary/idea!! And how interesting how you gave your MC that flaw. I'm sure it makes him more real. :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Thanks for hosting me Cindy :))