For today’s character interview, I’m glad to welcome Larry Kollar and Cody, from the two books of the truckalypse: White Pickups and Pickups and Pestilence. Welcome to you both!
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Mia: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Cody Sifko: Two books, actually. The first one’s called White Pickups, and the second one’s Pickups and Pestilence. That one just came out. As apocalypses go, this one is pretty damn weird. Everyone’s cars turn into white pickup trucks, and anyone who gets in one never gets out again. Y’know, the world don’t run on autopilot, so we’re all trying to figure out how to get by when everything’s gotten whack.
Mia: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Cody Sifko: I’m 16. Before the Truckalypse, as we call it, I was a skateboarder extraordinare, a chew toy for the jocks at school, and a pain in the ass to my Dad who wanted me to be a man. I learned to be self-sufficient, so I wouldn’t have to depend on him for anything, and I guess that helped after things went to hell. I figured out what we needed to do, me and other people would get it done, and after a while they all started looking at me when they had a problem. And the girls. I figured the world would end before girls started noticing me. I was right!
Mia: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Cody Sifko: I want to be pissed off at him, for writing this story in the first place, but I can’t. He really didn’t want to do the one thing that I really want to hate him for, because we made him do it. He said a few times, “I’m pantsing the hell out of this story.” Other times, he said we told him the story and he wrote it down. I guess that’s the same thing.
Mia: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Cody Sifko: I go back and forth on it. All the jocks, all the assholes who made my old life miserable, they jumped in the trucks and left me alone. But so did the rest of my family. Dad I didn’t care about so much, but I wish Mom and especially my little sister hadn’t. If I had to make a choice, I guess I’d change it back. But the ones who didn’t jump in a truck, at least around here, are better off this way.
Mia: Do you like being a character in the book?
Cody Sifko: Beats being in a truck. Or not existing at all, which comes to the same thing. I kind of jumped into the story early on and became the main character, my author said if I wanted the job that bad…
Mia: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Cody Sifko: Everyone’s setting me up to be some kind of King Arthur dude. Advisors, knights, the whole package. It’s whack. I’m gonna break a skateboard over the head of the first dork who bows down to me.
Mia: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Cody Sifko: He’s got an idea for a “ten years after” kind of thing. We told him the story, but he’s having trouble writing it down for some reason. I guess he needs a little gear oil in his brain.
Mia: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Cody Sifko: Ha. Let him be like me, someone who comes outta nowhere. A competition skateboarder with some acting chops, that would be perfect!
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Author Bio: Kollar lives in north Georgia, surrounded by kudzu, trees, and in-laws. His day job involves writing user manuals — some of which may have been fiction, but not by intent. He has had short fictional works published in the Hogglepot Journal, the Were-Traveler, and the Best of Friday Flash, Vol. 2 anthology. Longer works include his first novel, White Pickups, and the popular Accidental Sorcerers series.