Name Ben John Smith
Age Thirty one, or thirty two – ill have to check with my wife…
Where are you from
Melbourne, Australia. The legit most dudest place in all the world. Love to travel but Melbourne will always be my home.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Just had my first child! Well, he’s 9 months old now but its been the biggest trip out of my life and im still running on a high. His name is Hunter Lee Smith (After Hunter S Thompson). All three of us are flying to Japan for a month in April for cherry blossom season. Working on a comic with local legend Grid Boonekamp which is setting to be fucking epic. Me and Tran Linh are doing some cool shit (https://shredsomething.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/tran-trung-linh-pop-arts-not-dead/) that’s a bit of a surprise 😉
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Started young, didnt take it seriously till i was in my twentys. Still dont really take it all that seriously. Its all a bit of a circle wank really.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Haha when i sold my first poem. Was to a magazine called “Fuck”. i still have the issue and the 30 USD they paid me in a frame that my wife got made for my 30th birthday.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
a series of long boozy and drug addled weekend in london that led to me running my mouth about writing a book of poetry. Im not one to say somethin and not do it so i had a crack. it was called Air A boire – or “songs you wing when you are drunk”… and now im here. that will teach me to not be such a cocky asshole when im drunk haha
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I usually just smash things into my phone when the ideas hit me. I get a lot of people asking me about “the writing process” and rather than lie and say that it pains me to bring out every line or that I labor over every sentence; the truth is if it comes it comes. If it doesn’t I don’t force it. Some times I will go a few months with out writing a poem… other times I will write 5 poems a day. I wish it was more consistant and I wish I had more of a drive, but truth is im busy and lazy. In the wild times the wild poems came, in the happy times I just enjoyed my moments of being alive. There is no in between.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I only want the people that read my shit to know how I felt, who I am as a person. I want them to know that I was genuine and that I don’t mince my words. I mean what I say. Love or hate I mean what I say. I want my readers to figure me out. I don’t want to be misunderstood – writing is my attempt at removing pleasantries and exposing myself. More for the people who know me, if they take the time to read this bullshit, know what I mean?
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Every thing I write is born from life. I don’t make things up. If I wrote it down it happened. I don’t get these writers that make up stories for poems. A poem is part of your heart. You cant feel something that didn’t happen. Poetry is the only written form that must be soiled in truth. But that’s just like, my opinion, man.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Any thing buy Bukowski, Hunter S Thompson… The only book I have read more than twice is the bible… that’s gotta mean something right?
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Ryan Quinn Flanagan is the only living poet I read. The man is a king, he will never get the credit he deserves and that breaks my heart. I have been loosing my self in comics lately. Remender is a genius, Vaughn. Y: The last man, Saga, Deadly Class, Low, Black Science… this is the fucking renascence of literature and its in comic form – trust me on this, read these fucking comics.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The carlton united breweries. And my wife. Gods been a dick head – we got a lot of talking to do when I catch up with him
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Hahahaha I made six dollars and fifty cents from my book sales last year. I got a mother fucking kid to feed man, I work in human sewer for a living – im a sandblaster… art is my vacation. My life is a ball ache.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Asking that would be asking me to change everything I have ever done in my life, as I guess they are both the same thing – and the answer is yes; I would change everything I have ever done. Except my wife. That’s the only thing I wouldn’t change. Every other single thing I have ever done I would do differently.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
All my work is available for free here – http://www.horrorsleazetrash.com/downloads/
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have always been lucky enough to colab with great friends and artist. THS.nu is a frequent artist I rock with. Every chap is worked on with a different artist – check em all out here: http://www.horrorsleazetrash.com/downloads/
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Doing the dumb shit that I write about. Finding the time and inspiration to jot it down. Taking my self seriously. Not going on a shooting spree
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Real art is selfish, true artists have nothing but art. Through that understanding I realized im not a real artist. i have to many hang ups.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
Shia Lebouf. The man is a fucking legend.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Have a wank instead.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Can you do me a solid and each send me, like, $14,000k each? Plz?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Comic “The vision” by Tom King. And a biography about Gotti.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh: Dat Boi Memes
Cry: Dat Boi Memes.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Id like to meet Homer Simpson. Id like to fuck his wife in front of him. Marge Simpson is my ultimate woman.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Id like the entire lyrics to Jaques Brels song “neme quitte pas” because im a fancy mother fucker.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I really like tenicle porn, quiet walks along the beach and there is something about watching a cat walk along a yard fence that really gets my heart rate going.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The wire was perfect. Westworld was cool. My favorite movie is Taxi Driver and I have a guilty pleasure for Lee Marvin films.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Chinese, Purple, HipHop…
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would have liked to be an astronaut. Honestly… a million miles away from everyone. All by myself. Shitting in zero gravity like a god.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
www.horrorsleazetrash.com – check It, it’s the good shit