Today’s interview is with Damian Maximus, author of Barry the Rogue Baguettiere.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if
not in the US)?
My name is Damian Maximus. I currently live in a little village in
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My newest book is called Barry the Rogue Baguettiere: and other strange tales from the city of Dondolon. Just Barry the Rogue Baguettiere for short. It’s a three-way split between comedy, action, and thriller.
3) What is the book about?
The book is about a ruthless – ‘ruthless’ – bacon thief in the fictional
town of Dondolon and it follows his escapades as he is hunted by the
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
The idea of a comical bacon thief was created years ago when I wrote a mock review and complained about a lack of bacon in my chicken and bacon sandwich. Then about a year ago it was suggested to me that I expand upon the idea. And thus Barry was birthed.
The novel is actually written in partnership with an Instagram story along the same vein where the Instagrammer tries to track down Barry the Rogue Baguettiere. The stories can be read together or separately. Neither requires the other to make sense. The Instagram story can be found at @huntingforbarry.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Without edits, about six months. With edits, about nine months.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Ya. Alliterations are fun.
The book was created to be a break from the seriousness of literature. It was designed to be fun, like those books you read as a kid. It’s a kids’ book for adults. And I learnt that sometimes you have to throw out the rulebook when it comes to techniques you can and can’t use. Alliterate too much. Rhyme. Make up words if it makes sense to (Baguettiere is made up). Have fun.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I have a website: www.damianmaximus.com; and an Instagram account:
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about
any great editors/cover artists?
Read the boring books about grammar and about literary techniques. Come up with your own opinions on grammatical techniques. Learn about merism and diacopes and zeugmas. Discover why we remember ‘Bond, James Bond’ or ‘get busy living, or get busy dying’.
Everyone knows Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss. Another is Making a Point by David Crystal. The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth is good for those literary techniques.
As far as choosing an editor or cover artist, I’d say just shop around. Find someone honest and constructive. Also, give the editing and designing a go yourself. You won’t be as good, but you’ll learn a ton (just make sure you still go with a professional for the final version).
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors
and reviewing their work?
I am definitely open to reading new authors and reviewing their work. I like to jump around genres and I’m a sucker for the classics. There’s a reason they’ve survived the test of time and I can learn so much from them. But I also know that certain modern authors will in the future be considered classics.
I don’t really do horror though. There are some good horror books out there, it’s just not a genre I’ve moved towards.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
It’s cliché but The Great Gatsby. It isn’t the best book ever but my goodness can Fitzgerald throw down a line. When I find myself rereading sentences over and over again I know it’s a good book.
Either that or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. It’s just incredible. The London theatre production of it is amazing too.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
A brown and white terrier mutt named Watson (from Sherlock Holmes). He’s a rescue dog, has tons of energy, and sometimes prances around the forest like a deer. He’s hilarious.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what
kind and how do you like it?
Remember those Nooks that were the competitors to the Kindle? No, well that’s ok. I have one of those. All it does is store books but that’s all I need it to do. None of this fancy modern stuff.
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