We’re thrilled to be talking to Max Doler from Doug Cooper’s The Investment Club. It’s a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!
Max: I’m thirty-six and an entrepreneur. Perhaps you’ve heard of one of my products, The Lapkin, a napkin specially designed for your lap. We had an infomercial that ran pretty consistently a few years back then McDonald’s did a drive-thru promotion with it for about a year.
Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
Max: Well you can see from looking at me, I’m a dwarf, or little person, if you want to be politically correct. Technically, it’s known as achondroplasia, my trunk is average size, but my arms are proportionately smaller.
What would I love the most about you?
Max: I’m a doer. I built my company, Max Doler Investing, from a small operation in the living room of my one-bedroom apartment in Henderson, Nevada into a multi-million-dollar international company.
What would I hate the most about you?
Max: I’m completely lovable. I don’t think there is anything you would hate. (laughs) Nah, I guess if I had to pick something, I’ve been known from time-to-time to be a bit arrogant and self-destructive.
What is in your refrigerator right now?
Max: Only Voss bottled water. I eat out for all my meals. I’m too busy to shop and cook.
What is your most treasured possession?
Max: The original prototype of the Lapkin I created when I was ten years old. Only thing I kept from my childhood. Had a special safe with a an unbreakable viewing window designed for it for my bedroom so I could see it every day as a reminder of how it all started.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Max: Yeah, I think Doug got me pretty well. I was probably a bigger jerk in the beginning than he let on, but everything in there is true.
If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?
Max: I’d be less handsome. It makes me uncomfortable how people stare at me for being so good-looking. (laughs)
Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?
Max: I’m a total loner. When you’re given up for adoption at birth and shuffled around foster homes, you learn to rely on only yourself. It’s served me fairly well though. Although this blackjack crew in the book softened me up a bit.
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
Max: I would donate all of my wealth and holdings to a trust to support the businesses, the Oasis Mission and Miss C’s Music & Dance School at my facility at the Western Hotel in downtown Vegas except for one million dollars. I’d take that million to the El Cortez Casino down on Fremont Street and play blackjack and drink cognac until either the money or I was gone. If any money was left at the end of the day, I’d give it to a random stranger.
About the Author
Doug Cooper is the author of the award-winning novel Outside In and The Investment Club available October 2016. He has a BS in Mathematics Education from Miami University and a MA in American Studies from Saint Louis University. Always searching, he has traveled to over twenty countries on five continents, exploring the contradictions between what we believe and how we act in the pursuit of truth, beauty, and love. Originally from Port Clinton, Ohio, he has also called Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, New York, and Oslo, Norway home. He now lives in Cleveland working on his third novel Focus Lost.
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Forty million people visit Vegas every year but most never get past the strip. What about the people who live there? What brought them there? What keeps them there?
Told from the perspective of a seasoned blackjack dealer, The Investment Club tells the stories of a self-destructive, dwarf entrepreneur, a drug-addicted musical performer-turned-stripper, a retired, widowed New Jersey policeman, a bereaved, divorced female sportscaster, and a card-counting, former Catholic priest before and after their fateful meeting at the El Cortez Casino in downtown Vegas.
As the five learn the greatest return comes from investing in one another, their lives stabilize and take on new, positive directions. But their love and support for each other can take them only so far before they must determine the meaning and value of their own lives.