Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Howling at Wolves - Ted Krever

Recently divorced and out of work after 9/11, what would you do? Drive up to Canada to see the girl you were crazy about 25 years earlier--but never even kissed--carting along your 77-year-old former writing professor who can't sit more than two hours at a clip and swears he's vegan despite the fact that he has a butcher (with great boobs)? Nearly destroy the girl's business, bringing Canadian men back in touch with their masculinity? End up in bed with her--and her sister (not at the same time, I swear) after being accused of trying to blow up the Prime Minister of Canada with a Super-8 projector?
That's NOT what you would do? Oh...well, here's the story of someone who did.
WARNING: This is a silly book. You may giggle like a girl, even if you are one.


Ted Krever watched the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, went to Woodstock (the good one), and graduated Sarah Lawrence College with a useless degree in creative writing.

He spent the next few decades in media journalism, at ABC News on the magazine show Day One with Forrest Sawyer and the Barbara Walters Interviews of a Lifetime series, as General Manager of BNNtv, a documentary production company, creating programs for CNN, A&E, Court TV, CBS, MTV News, Discovery People and CBS/48 Hours, and as VP/Production of a short-lived dotcom, followed swiftly by nine months of unemployment.

Ted now writes novels and sells mattresses in Staten Island NY, a job which registers at a loathsome -98 on the Cosmopolitan Eligible Male Job-Status Guide. Ted is happily divorced, purports to be a good kisser and hopes for world peace.

What will readers like about your book?

It’s funny. Funny beats everything, which is basically the message of the book as well as its method. There’s a man going after the woman he was crazy about 25 years earlier, ending up in bed with her-and her sister (though not at the same time-I have a limit), groups of men going into the North Woods seeking to reconnect with their masculinity by banging on drums and burning mock-Viking ships, the main characters being accused of trying to blow up the Prime Minister of Canada with a Super-8 projector. You know, the kinds of things that happen to everyone…

Why did you self-publish?

I’ve been assaulting agents to no effect for ten years. I’ve been paying attention to the growth in ebooks and in February, I went to a writer’s conference in Chicago (Love is Murder) where Joe Konrath laid out the gospel. He was very convincing. And the fascinating thing is, the instant this book appeared on a page on Smashwords, my whole attitude changed. Now I’m a business owner. I’m not begging for handouts-I’m fighting for my characters to get a life of their own. It’s my job now. And that’s a very empowering change. It also puts the emphasis back on the writing, instead of ‘making a deal’. The hell with the deal-the readers will come because the books are good. Just get the word out.

Who are your favorite authors in your genre:

One of the reasons I haven’t been published is I’m always between genres or making new ones. But favorite authors range from Twain to John LeCarre, Nick Hornby to Saul Bellow, Paul Auster to George MacDonald Fraser.

Ted Krever Official website

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