Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pimp That Character Presents Winfield Payton of 'Wanna-be's'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Winfield Payton from Mark Connelly’s Wanna-be’s.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Winfield.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

    Thirty-seven.  I teach college and write screenplays, and right now I’m the
    Communications Director at Frederick Douglass Savings and Loan.  We have
    some of highest paying CD’s in town by the way.

What would I love the most about you?

     My affable charm.

What would I hate the most about you?

     My affable charm.  I’m that type.

What is your greatest fear?

     Getting to Hollywood and discovering that it is just like Milwaukee
     without the snow.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

       Connelly is clueless about my inner motivations.  I’m way smarter than
       he thinks.  I just do things that look dumb to throw people off.  Plus, I am
       more successful with women than he imagines.  I could share stories.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

       Waking up next to a beautiful blonde to discover a string of acceptance
       emails, checks in the mailbox, and texts from other blondes.  You said
       a “perfect” day not a meaningful one. 

Do you have children?

            No, I couldn’t raise a houseplant.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

     Anything with less than 300 calories that costs under ten dollars. 

Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?

      If it is Shelly Bronfman again, I may have to leave town.  I admit to secure
      investment capital for the S&L I did what I had to do.  Shelly has a ton
      of money but sadly also she weighs a ton.   I guess I would hook
      up with her again, as long as nobody finds out.  I do have my pride.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

      Find a time machine.

About the Author

Mark Connelly was born in Philadelphia and grew up in New Jersey.  He received a BA in English from Carroll College in Wisconsin and an MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  His books include The Diminished Self: Orwell and the Loss of Freedom, Orwell and Gissing, Deadly Closets:  The Fiction of Charles Jackson, and The IRA on Film and Television.  His fiction has appeared in The Ledge, Indiana Review, Cream City Review, Milwaukee Magazine, and Home Planet News.  In 2014 he received an Editor’s Choice Award in The Carve’s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest; in 2015 he received Third Place in Red Savina Review’s Albert Camus Prize for Short Fiction. His novella Fifteen Minutes received the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize and was published by Texas Review Press in 2005. 

Mark’s latest book is the literary fiction/humor/satire, Wanna-be’s.

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About the Book:

With his new girlfriend – a soccer mom with a taste for bondage – urging him to “go condo,” failed screenwriter Winfield Payton needs cash. Accepting a job offer from a college friend, he becomes the lone white employee of a black S&L. As the firm’s token white, he poses as a Mafioso to intimidate
skittish investors and woos a wealthy cougar to keep the firm afloat. Figure-skating between the worlds of white and black, gay and straight, male and female, Jew and Gentile, Yuppie and militant, Payton flies higher and higher until the inevitable crash. . .

Praise for Wanna-be’s:

This book right here! What can I say about Winfield Payton...is he the most unlucky pasty or most unlikely fall guy...what a schmuck...I laughed so hard at this,for this guy....with this guy....every character described in this book will immediately remind you of a real life joker in the in the 24 hour news cycle on all of the Major networks and cable television channels regurgitating skewed facts benefiting them and lining their pockets....it's hip and fresh writing which could easily become a HBO series....or Starz..maybe..anyway get this book....I laughed so hard...almost popping my recent stitches from surgery...Mr. Connelly...thanks for making my recuperation fun...this book is not for the faint of heart..or PC sensitive readers...

-- Lynda Garcia Review

For More Information

  • Wanna-be’s is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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