Juicy characters are easy to write, according to Douglas Coupland, who revelled in creating Raymond Gunt, the despicable protagonist of his latest novel Worst. Person. Ever.
After devoting his time to visual art and design for some years, Coupland's return to fiction was simply "written to be funny. That's all it's about. It's not going to give you special meaning about the universe," he told CBC News.
Worst. Person. Ever. revolves around Gunt, a shocking, foul-mouthed, misanthropic cameraman pulled into a bizarre, downward-spiralling series of events.
"Nasty characters are fun to write, just ask anyone who has written a book. The nastier the better...I do love everyone in the book, including the incredibly evil Raymond," said the Vancouver author, best known for his blockbuster debut novel Generation X.
The best characters start writing themselves, he added.
"With this one, once Raymond was up and running, he just did the most appalling things," Coupland said.
"Oh my god, I can't believe he just said that. Oh, technically, I just said that. I think it's just very psychologically complex," he quipped.
In the attached video, Coupland talked to CBC's Nigel Hunt about creating his antihero Raymond, what makes the character "weirdly lovable" and taking a vacation from the rapidly changing world.
Beginning on Monday, the English-language editions of global daily newspaper Metro will publish Coupland's serialized fiction tale Temp, a short story about a temporary worker named Shannon. The story will unspool in daily updates until Nov. 29.