Monday, August 24, 2015

Character Interview: Al the Pizza Man from Joe Canzano's 'Magno Girl'

We’re thrilled to be here today with Al the Pizza Man, from Joe Canzano’s comic urban fantasy novel Magno Girl.  He’s coming to us all the way from New York City. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at The Literary Nook!

Thank you so much for this interview, Al. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I’d like to say I’m not as dumb as I came across and I’m also a lot classier, and smart, too. Also, I’m not a crook. I’m just a guy who grabs my opportunities, like maybe a pile of money or maybe some girl’s ass.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I’m not sure about your question. If you’re talking about food, probably the meatball parmigiana.

Worst trait?

I guess the worst thing I got going on is a couple of court dates over some child support payments but I don’t care what the tests show that kid could belong to a lot of guys.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

I’m very interested in love but only for an hour or so at a time.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

I wasn’t nervous. I pretty much knew things would go my way, even when they didn’t.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

My brother, Ron. His girlfriend, Magno Girl, is a hot babe, but she’s too much of a smart-ass for me and I can’t put up with that attitude unless maybe she gets in a big TV commercial and makes a ton of money.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

I didn’t read the ending. I don’t read books—they got too many words. I’ll wait for the movie.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it?

Make me a little thinner and make sure I come out on top.

Thank you for this interview.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

I’m not going anywhere unless the bad guys get me. So if you got eyes in your face, you’ll see me.

About the Author

Joe Canzano is a writer and musician. He lives in New Jersey, U.S.A. His short stories have appeared in a half-dozen printed literary journals, as well as in the Akashic Books online series, “Mondays are Murder.” He recently formed his own publishing company, Happy Joe Control, and published his debut novel, Magno Girl.

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About the Book:

Title: Magno Girl
Author: Joe Canzano
Publisher: Happy Joe Control
Pages: 320
Genre: Comic Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook
Price: Paperback $9.89/Kindle $2.99/Nook $2.99

When a Manhattan pizza maker is found dead in his own dough, Magno Girl enlists the aid of her biker ninja boyfriend to help solve the crime – and quickly discovers there’s more to the pie than meets the eye, including a sinister plot that spans the globe. 

Magno Girl leaps into action. After all, she can fly, she can fight, and she can use her fearsome superpower, the “Gaze of the Guilt,” to bring a hardened criminal to his knees. But the road ahead is hard. The city’s other superheroes despise her, and the cops don’t want her around, and her own mom won’t stop spitting out advice about marrying a “respectable guy” and trading in her crime-fighting career for a baby carriage—but is she attracted to “respectable guys”? And is she interested in emotional commitment? And will finding real love be her biggest challenge of all? 

Welcome to the world of Magno Girl, an absurd place filled with humor, action, and romance.

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Book Excerpt:

Magno Girl stared across the windswept roof. Her lips shimmered in the moonlight like a couple of beer-soaked cherries. From the depths of Manhattan below came the clanging sound of a city that was never satisfied.
Was she thinking about me? I was desperate to know.
I took a deep breath. “Mags, when can I see you again?”
She stared at me with those vivid green eyes. Her black hair, streaked with savage shades of crimson, billowed in the hot summer breeze.
“I’ll be around,” she said. Then she looked away. “I have to warn you, Ron. I’m not very good at relationships.”
I grinned. “That’s just one more thing we have in common.”
“Also, I don’t want to do any commercials for soft drinks. That’s definitely out.”
“No problem—the soft drinks can slide. What else?”
“Well, since you asked, I’d like to fight some crime. I’ve discovered an evil plot, and my superpowers might not be enough to handle it. Things could get crazy and absurd.”
“Hey, I want to help you with that. I’m totally on board!”
She smiled. “Okay, call me tomorrow. I’ve got a job for you.”
“Count me in.”
I puffed out my chest and stepped toward her, wanting to wrap my arms around her sleek body and kiss her long and hard—but she saw it coming, and she put out her hand and stopped me. She leaned forward and gave me a quick kiss on the lips.
It was something, and it was good. My whole body felt electric.
“Just tell me what you need, Mags. Anything.”
There was a spark in her eye. “Sometimes I need to be left alone. We’ll talk soon.”
She leapt from the roof, her powerful body snapping like a switchblade as she dove into the death-black valley of bricks, glass, and steel. I briefly envied her ability to fly and then took the stairs to the street. I hopped on my chopper and rode to the liquor store.
I woke up alone the next day, with the morning sky vomiting its sunshine through the grimy window of my East Village apartment. I groped around for my phone and found it under a pile of empty beer cans. I fumbled a bit and finally made the call.
“Hi, Mags. It’s me.”
“Hi, Ron. Can you meet me somewhere?”
She sounded friendly, and for a second I felt like I was floating. But as usual, there wasn’t much talk.
“Any place you want. Did you eat breakfast?”
“Yeah, but it’s noon, so I guess we can eat lunch. I’m over on St. Mark’s.”
“I’ll be right there.”


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