Chris Hauty

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Chris Hauty

Chris Hauty is a graduate of Reed College, in Portland, Oregon. After a handful of years in New York City writing plays to modest success, he moved to Los Angeles and spent the next three decades employed in the movie business.

He was keen for more creative freedom (and less interference from the folks who write the checks) so pivoted to writing novels and hasn't looked back.

The father of two grown sons, Chris enjoys his tequila with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, motorcycle rides on country roads with abundant curves, and the company of spirited conversationalists. Lizards that populate his backyard are given free rein, while the same cannot be said about the gophers.

Interviewed 21 August 2021

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Aimed high, occasionally missed, but always had a fine time.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Photo of my mom in her 20s holding a rod and fish.
Photo of me on the beach wearing a Dodgers hat and standing between my two brilliant sons.
Photo of my dad in his 20s – you guessed it – holding a rod and TWO fish.
Oil painting by my pal, Jim Woodside, of the Cochise Stronghold in Arizona.
The beautiful Verdugo Hills outside my office window.
A human skull purchased at a flea market in San Angelo, Texas, purported to have been taken as evidence from the home of the serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas.
My dad’s putter, a vintage Acushnet Bullseye.
A framed page from the New York Times Book Review in which Deep State was named an Editors’ Choice.
My computer monitor, aka The Beast.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Mash an avocado on a piece of well-toasted bread and plop a fried egg on it.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Angelica Huston (tells a good story and has a lot of ‘em)
F Scott Fitzgerald (get him early in the evening)
Dorothy Parker (or simply a seat at the Algonquin Round Table) Winston Churchill
Patti Smith (but I think it’ll have to be for coffee)
Muhammad Ali
My two kids (is that cheating?)

Six things you can't live without ...

An extra-fine tipped pen
Avocados (see question #3)
Art (books, music, paintings, and films)
My motorbike
A sturdy pair of shoes

Five favourite words ...


Four places you'd run away to ...

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Joshua Tree, California, USA
Rome, Italy
Patagonia, South America

Three books you've bought recently ...

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Scenic Highways & Byways by National Geographic

Two things that make you rant ...

A bad haircut
When wilfulness and ignorance join forces

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Stop your worrying, things will turn out perfectly well.