Ryan Gattis: Interview

Ryan Gattis: Interview

The LA-based author tells Sarah Shaffi how he overcame the hurdle of writing his second book, which tackles the city's 1992 riots

The seeds of Ryan Gattis’ new novel “started in a pretty gigantic failure”, the author admits.

After seeing “moderate success” with Kung Fu High School (Sceptre)—his second novel in the UK and his first in the US, which was acquired by film studio The Weinstein Company—Gattis spent six years writing a novel set in Japan, which he says was “an absolute mess”.

After finally giving up, a series of events—including Gattis’ introduction to art collective UGLAR (the...

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