November 8, 2012—Red Cross DonationsWakefield's publisher, MuseItUp Publishing, has announced it will donate 10% of book sales for the entire month of November to help the Hurricane Sandy relief effort via the Red Cross. Now is a great time to peruse Muse's wonderful library of titles and help those in need.
Max Fisher, diehard classic rock fan and Wakefield resident, has very kindly handpicked a Wakefield playlist and compiled it in Spotify. Feel free to enjoy these retro tracks while reading Wakefield or perusing the Mad World website.
Astrid's Wakefield Playlist coming soon...
As a Halloween Eve treat, we bring you a Halloween-themed interview with Wakefield's resident wannabe vampire, Jon "Azrael" Applegarth.
First things first. Are you named after Gargamel's cat?
*sighs deeply* No. Azrael is also a name for the Archangel of Death. I think it makes a good name for a vampire, 'cause they're kinda like angels of death. You know, with fangs.
Fascinating. Who's your favorite vampire?
That's a tough one, 'cause there are a lot of great vamps. I really do love Count Dracula, but I feel like he's a totally obvious choice. So I'll go with Carmilla from the 1872 novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. The novel actually predates Dracula and Carmilla's a badass who turns into a giant cat-monster.
That sounds intense.
Yeah, it's awesome. Cat-monsters rule.
Besides vampires, what other dark creatures and things that go bump in the night do you enjoy?
Zombies are fun. And ghosts can be pretty cool, but I don't like wispy ones that just whine and moan. I like really scary ghosts. Like Bloody Mary.
Have you ever tried to summon Bloody Mary?
*looks away sheepishly* A couple times, but I always get too scared and have to stop.
What's your favorite horror movie?
I was horrified by Twilight. Does that count?
I'm more into books, but I do really enjoy Nosferatu. His fingers are so creepy. *shivers*
As an aspiring vampire, is Halloween your favorite holiday?
Yeah, I guess. But mostly because of the candy. Twizzlers are the best.
Check back soon for more interviews and Spotify playlists handpicked by the characters.
As promised, here is our first interview with one of the Mad World characters. The authors had the chance to sit down with Max Fisher at a picnic table in the Wakefield courtyard and ask him a few questions.
Um, hi. *scratches absentmindedly at the mole below his right eye*
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us.
It’s cool. It got me out of self-esteem group.
Excellent. We’re going to base this interview on the ten questions James Lipton always asks his guests on Inside the Actors Studio.
Oh, okay. That guy’s facial hair scares me.
Yes, he is a little eccentric, but we like his questions.
What is your favorite word?
Wow, there are a lot of words. I’ll go with “yes,” I guess.
What is your least favorite word?
That’s easier. I find most words for body parts equally horrible.
Interesting. What word for a body part makes you cringe uncontrollably?
What turns you on?
Uhhhhh…I’ll go with kindness.
Aww, that’s cute. What turns you off?
Being the center of attention.
What’s your favorite curse word?
Wow. What do you like about assface?It brings to mind a really hilarious visual image.
What sound or noise do you love?
Do you have a favorite classic rock song?
It depends on my mood. Right now, I’ll go with “Freebird.”
Nice. What sound or noise do you hate?
Alarm clocks. Also, the sound of my door clicking open and clicking shut when the staff check on us at night.
What profession would you like to attempt?
Hmm. Something where I don’t have any homework and I get to work in a cubicle.
What? Seriously? Because we’ve both done that and…
It looks like fun on The Office.
Okay, fair enough. Do you prefer the US version or the British version of The Office?
There’s a British version?
Nevermind. What profession would you not like to attempt?
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Your mom and dad are waiting for you.
Adorable. Thanks Max.
Thanks for getting me out of group therapy.
October 5, 2012—Wakefield has arrived!
It's official. Wakefield is now on sale at the Muse It Up Bookstore (click the Bookstore link above) and will soon be rolled out to third party vendors like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo (we'll keep you posted). Tonight, the authors celebrated the release of their first novel with friends and family over a nice meal, a few glasses of wine, and some very kind and encouraging words. Thank you to everyone who supported us over the past four years and helped bring Wakefield to fruition.
October 3, 2012—Wakefield is ready for its closeup...
This past Saturday, we drove through miles and miles of stunning fall foliage to the small city of Burlington, VT, to film the official trailer for Wakefield. After much hand-wringing over locked storage closets and a few deep sighs, it all came together. Troy stepped up like a champ when the actor slated to play the therapist dropped out (yay Troy!). Many, many thanks to our Director, Dylan, and our cast, Mike, Kaitlyn, Alli, and Jaime. They are an incredibly talented and patient group of Champlain College students. Also, thanks to Parsons, who we very unceremoniously fired because he looked to young for the part (sorry Parsons).
September 19, 2012—Official Release Date
Stop the presses, we have an official release date for Wakefield. Clear your calendars for October 5, 2012. That's a Friday, so if you want to play hooky from work or school and curl up with a cup of tea, your e-reader of choice, and your freshly downloaded copy of Wakefield, we'll understand. You deserve a three-day weekend, right?
In other exciting news, we will hopefully be filming our official trailer on September 29th. Our director, Dylan, has even lined up a cinematographer for us. A cinematographer! Yup, that's how we roll.
September 9, 2012—Got Stickers?
We have promotional stickers, so email us if you want to help spread the word about Mad World. These durable vinyl works of art were designed by our dear friend Chuck Rissala. You can stick them on your car, your dad's car, your notebooks, your bedroom door, your dog—anywhere potential Mad World fans will see them. But if you get arrested for vandalism we won't be paying your legal bills, so use your heads.
More news coming soon, including adventures in trailer-making and interviews with the Mad World characters...