Entrenched in Tokyo for the past 10 years, expat Aussie Andrez Bergen says that he quite likes to steal furtive glances in a pseudo-metaphysical rear-vision mirror, greedily brushing up on the ‘found art’ chapter of the Dadaists’ handbook—along the way hacking together electronic/techno tunes whilst working as a journalist.
A little about you, first: give us three fun facts about yourself.
AB: I’m is an expat Aussie who’s lived in Tokyo, Japan, for 10 years now. I’m also a hack writer, journalist, DJ, musician, photographer and ad hoc beer and sake connoisseur who thinks Marcel Duchamp’s toilet urinal was the best ever piece of art.
Give us a two-line elevator pitch for your book, Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat.
Is there anything you want readers to take away from your writing? What is it?
AB: This is a tough question, but I guess two things come to mind: satisfaction and curiosity. If the reader winds up the novel and feels happy with the way it finished, along with the bumpy ride itself, then that’s brilliant. If the reader also then gets inspired enough to check out the classic noir influences like Raymond Chandler, Graham Greene and Dashiell Hammett, and the film versions of their books, then I’d be chuffed there as well.
Which other indie authors do you recommend or admire?
AB: There are a whole wealth of indie writers out there, but I’ve had more exposure to some of the other members of the crew at Another Sky Press. Justin Nicholes, who wrote Ash Dogs, is currently writing a novel based in and/or around China; I really dig his style. I’m also a huge fan of Kristopher Young, and not just because he edited Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat, but for his own novel Click.
Lastly, what question should I have asked you, and why?
AB: “How do you like your mushrooms cooked?”
Why? It’s an offbeat question I often throw at interviewees myself just to lighten up proceedings – and I love mushrooms so therefore really am interested in other recipes. It’s also now ironic. Mushrooms are one of the foodstuffs officially listed as ‘irradiated’ here in Japan so I can’t actually get any at the moment.
Despite hating mushrooms myself, Andrez seems like a nice chap. So head on over and check out his website at tobaccostainedmountaingoat.weebly.com.