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AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL FAUDET

With the release of Dirty Pretty Things last November, Michael Faudet’s private persona has shifted from an internet enigma to a lustful mystery on print. Although, Faudet can be found on all social platforms, his existence has aligned itself to the likes of an urban legend. A writer and an artist living in New Zealand, we know a few details about Faudet. From his carefully curated erotic Tumblr, it is fair to declare that Faudet is a romantic with a dirty mind.

Reaching Amazon’s number one spot in poetry and selling out in all major bookstores, including Barnes & Nobles, it is no surprise that Faudet has achieved worldwide success. Recognized for his seductive prose, Michael Faudet has the uncanny ability to undress you with his words. He can make the most audacious reader blush, tremble and bat their eyelashes in a fervor.

Lucky for us, WORDS N QUOTES had the pleasure to interview the super secretive and sensual Michael Faudet. As a nebulous character on Tumblr, Faudet’s reputation follows a riddle, yet to be solved. When we spoke with Faudet, we discovered that behind the anonymity lies a true gentleman. Humble and unpretentious, Faudet’s natural ease with words reflects his charming disposition. Now that we have confirmed his existence, we dare you to catch a glimpse of the elusive Michael Faudet. 

WNQ: When did your love for writing poetry begin? 

M.F.: Poetry is just one expression and my passion for writing certainly doesn’t end there. I’ve always loved storytelling and started as soon as I could pick up a pencil. As a child, I wrote strange little stories in school and constantly made up silly rhymes in my head. In fact, words have always been my constant companion throughout my life and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I recently got signed by literary agency, Writers House, New York, who represents many of my favourite authors, including John Green, Neil Gaiman and Ken Follett. So, the only difference really is that writing has become a full-time job.

WNQ: What are your writing habits like? Do you write every day?

M.F.: I wish I did write every day but I’m afraid I’m far too easily distracted. However, this is not such a bad thing. Getting away from the pen and exploring life, in all its weird and wonderful complexities, often helps inspire my writing. I love writing in cafés or quiet bars or at my house, sitting upstairs and staring out to sea. Basically anywhere that’s within easy reach of a strong black coffee, glass of wine or shot of vodka. In bed, late at night, is another favourite spot to write.

WNQ: Your writing is a mixture of explicit eroticism and coyness. Where do you draw the line?

M.F.: I don’t really draw the line anywhere as such. I just write what I write and take it from there. To be honest, when the words come they tend to do so very quickly. I never spend too much time critically analysing my work or playing around with it. Sure, I might do some literary cosmetic surgery later, but often I find the first draft is the most honest expression of the idea. I enjoy writing about love, loss and relationships as subject matters. So naturally sex becomes relevant when you explore such intricate themes. For me, it’s all about balance, mixing the bitter with the sweet, which is why I called the title of my new book, Dirty Pretty Things.

WNQ: How does a poem begin for you?

M.F.: Whether it be a poem, a piece of prose or a story, everything I write starts with a single-minded idea. What inspires that idea could be almost anything, It might be a snippet of conversation, nature, art, travel or a life experience. Having a vivid imagination helps, as does vodka.

WNQ: Do you think social media has influenced your writing? If so, how?

M.F.: In some ways, it certainly has played a role in how I write. I like to paint pictures with as few words as possible to allow the reader to personalise the story and finish it within their own imagination. Making the overall experience more social than dictatorial. Rather than overtly influencing my writing, social media has made it far more accessible for people from around the world to discover.

WNQ: Do you still become excited when you watch your writing on Tumblr reach thousands of notes?

M.F.: Yes, I still do get excited. It’s always a little scary posting a new piece, but I’ve always felt that’s half the fun of social media. It’s a brutally honest system and extremely democratic. I consider writing to be no different to any other piece of content posted online. The same simple rule applies. If people love it, they will share it and the more that happens, the more viral it becomes.  

WNQ: What are your favorite books and authors? 

M.F.: Far too many to list, but I do love re-reading Alice In Wonderland, The Little Prince and Candide. As for authors, my all time favourite is my girlfriend, Lang Leav. 

WNQ: How important is it for you to write about the themes of love and romance?

M.F.: I’m just constantly fascinated by the complexity of love and romance. In fact, most people are in some way or another. It’s just good old fashioned human nature. The primal need to love and be loved in return. Romance is the by-product of this basic truth.

WNQ: To us, it is obvious you are a romantic. You dedicated Dirty Pretty Things to author, Lang Leav. Do you consider yourself a romantic? 

M.F.: Yes, I do consider myself a romantic, but I certainly don’t walk around the house with a bunch of flowers constantly in one hand and a box of chocolates in the other. I dedicated Dirty Pretty Things  to Lang because she is an integral part of everything I do. Lang is my best friend, creative partner, lover and soul mate.

WNQ: Do you and Lang often share each others’ work for revision, thoughts or ideas?

M.F.: All the time. We discuss everything we write and bounce ideas off each other constantly. Lang has almost finished her next book, a novel, and I’ve read every single word of it. It’s one of the many joys of being a literary couple actively writing. Personally, I think this new book is the best thing Lang has ever written.

WNQ: What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received? 

M.F.: The more you write, the more you write. It’s that simple.

WNQ: Do you write on a typewriter or a computer? Or do you use paper and pen?

M.F.: All of the above. However, my Mac Air does most of the heavy lifting. I have a 1960s Brigitte typewriter at home and sometimes use it for social media posts. You’ll find bits and pieces of writing on scraps of paper or on the back of envelopes, all over our house. Lang is constantly scribbling on something, somewhere.

WNQ: Do you have other creative outlets other than writing?

M.F.: I quite like cooking when I’m in the mood and listening to all kinds of music. I consider drinking wine and having crazy conversations with friends to be a creative outlet too. Playing chess is something I enjoy but seldom do. Reading is important too. For me, pastimes and creative outlets are one and the same.

WNQ: Finally, what would you like to tell your fans?

M.F.: Thank you so much. I’m truly grateful and really appreciate all the wonderful support I receive. I write because you exist.

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