The Subconscious Interview with Chadwick Ginther

Presenting The Subconscious Interview, the opportunity for literary subjects to both ask and answer questions never posed to them before, on any topic whatsoever. Also, proof I’m always looking for ways to make my life easier.

Today’s Subconscious Interviewee: Chadwick Ginther, author of the action fantasies Thunder Road and Tombstone Blues.

You may find the “conscious” segment of this interview here.

Ginther’s books are full of musical allusions, yet apparently no one has every asked him about it. Problem solved!

What’s with all of the song titles?

Well, for one, I hate coming up with titles. But music is very important to my writing process. I write to music, I make soundtracks for my stories (it’s about as close as I ever come to outlining) so it seemed a natural thing. And while I’m not superstitious, I was offered the contract for Thunder Road on Bruce Springsteen’s birthday, which didn’t seem like a coincidence that I should ignore.

If you had to choose one band or song to be the official soundtrack for your writing, what would it be?

It varies by project. Thunder Road’s official song for me, isn’t the title song, but AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)”. Murder By Death is probably the defining band for Tombstone Blues. Their songs “Masters of Reverse Psychology” “Dead Men and Sinners” and “Until Morale Improves, the Beatings Will Continue” all feature as chapter titles, and were on my writing soundtrack. As I work on the third book in the trilogy, the Corb Lund band has definitely bubbled to the top (there are several songs by them on my writing soundtrack). Ol’ Time Moonshine’s debut EP is on heavy rotation (especially “She Dances in Graveyards”) for another work in progress (and the first book of a new series) that I hope to finish up this year.

So, if you like music so much, why aren’t you making it instead of writing books?

I love music, but I never took any formal lessons growing up. As an adult I took some guitar lessons, but gave it up when I realized that I’d never get much beyond doing some simple call and answer four chord blues. For a time, before I settled on writing as my creative outlet, I pursued music production, taking some home recording and digital recording classes. Nothing came from it other than a greater understanding and appreciation of the songs and artists I enjoyed listening too, however.

I am also very thankful that there was no YouTube the first (and only) time I sang at a Karaoke night. If you can imagine Leonard Cohen singing “Sexual Healing” you might have an appreciation for the horror.

The horror.