The Goods On M. Ennenbach aka Gear Dreary

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I always told stories. Curse of an only child. The first time I can really remember writing was a friend bought cheap laptops on eBay and gave me one. The words just started pouring out. I was maybe 21. Before then, I wrote poetry. Terrible poetry. The kind only an angsty teen can do. 

2. How many books have you written?

As of now, 4. Notches, a collection of shorts (released by Death’s Head Press). (un)poetic, a collection of poetry (coming December 3rd from Potter’s Grove). Hunger on the Chisholm Trail (pulp western horror coming from Death’s Head Press in early 2020). And Hardly Fair, which I have submitted but haven’t heard anything back on yet.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

I try and avoid the things that have beat into the ground. I feel rape has become a trope I have no interest in. I won’t do sex as violence, especially involving children. I am not interested in shock for shock sakes. 

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

44 years young (slapping knee and wincing in arthritic agony). Divorced. 2 perfect kids. 

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

Not a book, but it is between Persephone (12k poem about Hades and Persephone) and Ascotmycota (a short story that was a real challenge to figure out)

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I wanted to be an artist. One day my hands could no longer draw what I saw in my head. 

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Video games (lowkey13 on the PSN) and write.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

I have started riding the high of finishing by immediately writing a new Karl Beck story. He is easy to slip into the mind of for me and I have an affinity for the character.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

Everywhere. I do all my writing on my phone. It can be in bed or in a parking spot. I like to listen to music. A lot of my stories are inspired by a band or song I’m hooked on. Maybe not the story themselves but the feeling I am going for. I wrote a trio of shorts about a man in love dying in a car wreck based off of listening to toyGuitar on repeat.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

If I could write suspense like Chris Miller or Patrick Harrison, I would in a heartbeat. But I’ve learned to follow my own style as a substitute. 

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

If I could be known as a poet, I would be happy. I met Maya Angelou when I was younger and the idea of being Poet Laureate was born then. 

12. Where do you live?

Just between Dallas and Fort Worth in the home of Sandy Cheeks from SpongeBob.

13. Pets?

Just my many neurosis

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The quiet for a few minutes after.

15. What is coming next for you?

Hunger in early 2020. (un)poetic in December 2019. A collab with Chris Miller next year. 

16. Where do you get your ideas?

The world around me, the crazy within me.

You can connect with M. Ennenbach here:

Notches: A Collection

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