E. Leo Foster

For fans of:Chuck Palahniuk, Hunter S. Thompson, Sherman Alexie, J.D. Salinger

Why did you write The Exiles?

I wanted to showcase the absurd status that we designate for specific people at the expense of others. I mean we all ‘sin,’ and the ‘haves’ verses the ‘have not’ are really based on the people caught sinning verses the ones that got away with their sin.

What did you do before writing?

I worked for a few newspapers. I bar tended. I conducted research for research tanks across the U.S., and I was employed by a few government agencies, doing research as well.

Which job was your favorite?

Bar tending. You dealt with people living in the moment, ready to fully act on impulse. Crazy times because you never knew what you were going to get- a fight, a strip tease, any emotional outburst could happen. I was surrounded by human volcanoes, loaded with emotion, ready to erupt.

Who’s your favorite writer?

Chuck Palahniuk. With all the competitive avenues to tell a story- movies, television, social media, YouTube, on and on, as well as the fact that people’s attention spans are nothing now, his ability to engage readers with words alone is extraordinary.

When did you know you wanted to be writer? When my volleyball & basketball career came to an end. I wanted to play games for a living, but I failed at try outs.

Who has inspired you in your life?

Bill Hicks… It’s just a ride.

What's a favorite saying of yours?

"Always do what you Fear." Benjamin Franklin

Where have you lived?

Detroit, Atlanta, Long Beach, Mexico City, Banjul, Toronto.

Do you have a favorite place?

I love them all like they are my children.