I enjoyed a spectacularly misspent youth as a rock n roll hooligan; the type of person you would dread to think your daughter might bring home, or worse still, catch sneaking out of your back door the next morning. If you did, I had probably been through your drinks cabinet, as well as your daughter, and had your best bottle of whiskey hidden in my jacket when I jumped over the gate. I played in bands for many years; some quite successful and others not so. I was brought up in Yorkshire, lived in London, Stockholm and Sydney, where I lecture in music business and entertainment management at The Australian Institute of Music. Between playing music for a living and teaching about doing it for a living, I worked in the music industry at the highest level, with a lot of well known artists; some of whom have inadvertently supplied me with a lot of comic and bad behaviour to adapt into fictional characters. Like John Mortimer wrote about being a barrister, and Dick Francis wrote about horse racing, I write black comic fiction set within the music business and the many mental and sociopathic, and hilarious characters who inhabit it. So far I have written 3 books. 'Career Opportunities' is the story of 4 lovable idiots trying to form a band and get famous. Irvine Welsh meets Nick Hornby is often a style comparison leveled at this book. I am happy with that. The reviews always say it is laugh out loud funny and that is even better. 'General Pinochet, the Dog S*** Incident, and Mexican Fetish Bandits', is a collection of true comic short stories; one of which involved me getting into a poop flinging fight with a south American dictator, and one that involved some Mexicans who liked latex pants. My most recent book is also a true story entitled 'The Great Ones Are Always Cracked' and chronicles a year in which I acted as personal manager to a multi platinum selling pop star who was quite mad. (but also funny) I am currently working on a sequel to Career Opportunities, entitled Pseudonyms.
Ian Hunter in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?15 Hull England
What do you love about Short Stories?I love short stories because they have a quick narrative and that suits my style.
Do you write in other forms?Novels, Screen plays
What distracts you from writing?Red Wine
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Travel, Music, Cars
What is your favourite book?Kill Your Friends by John Niven
Who are your favourite writers?Irvine Welsh, John Niven and Russ Litten
Where is your dream location?Australia
What one item would you put into Room 101?Conveyor belt pop music like One Direction and X Factor Karaoke stars
Do you have any advice for new writers?Smile and enjoy it.
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