Writing Podcast Episode 423 Meet Max Barry, author of ‘The 22 Murders of Madison May’.

In Episode 423 of So You Want To Be A Writer: Meet Max Barry, author of The 22 Murders of Madison May. Shout out to CJ Fentiman who has discovered her perfect career path writing about pets. Are you coming to the So you want to be a writer – Block Party? Plus, we have 3 copies of Still by Matt Nable to give away.

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Show Notes

CJ Fentiman discovers her perfect career path writing about pets

So you want to be a writer – Block Party

Writer in Residence

Max Barry

Max Barry is an Australian who pretended to sell high-end computer systems for Hewlett-Packard while secretly writing his first novel, Syrup (1999). In fact, he still has the laptop he wrote it on because HP forgot to ask for it back, but keep that to yourself. He put an extra X in his name for Syrup because he thought it would be a funny joke about marketing and failed to realize everyone would assume he was a pretentious asshole. Jennifer Government, his second novel, was published in 2003 with no superfluous Xs and sold much better.

Max’s third novel, Company, was published in 2006, and his fourth, Machine Man, in 2012, was based on a real-time interactive web serial written and delivered in real-time one page per day from this web site. It made more sense than it sounds.

Max’s fifth novel, Lexicon, was named one of the Best 10 Books of the Year by Time. His sixth novel, Providence, was published on March 31, 2020, right when everyone stopped caring about books and started caring about COVID-19, and his seventh, The 22 Murders of Madison May, will be released in mid-2021.

Max also created the online political game NationStates, for which he is far more famous amongst high school students and poli-sci majors than his novels.

He was born March 18, 1973, and lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he writes full-time, the advantage being that he can do it while wearing only boxer shorts.

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