A career copywriter, Pres enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, and reading classic fiction and historical nonfiction. Pres has appeared in support of his novels on Indianapolis’ NPR affiliate 90.1 WFYI; on internet stations Indy In-Tune and Radio Free Indy; and on the Brother, Brother Beer Cast. Pres also performs live readings, most notably in the spring of 2016 at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.
Pres Maxson is a NUVO magazine nominee for Best Local Author in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2016, 2017, and 2018. His latest novel, Pigeon, received honorable mention in both the New York Book Festival and the Paris Book Festival in 2018.
Luc Martin, a lowly busboy in Paris, finds himself tasked with locating the Sir Larabee Waterford Cup—which vanished over 20 years ago from a social club for the ultra-elite. Now, one of the original thieves has just surfaced after having been presumed dead for years. The busboy and his unlikely partner—a reluctant and wealthy club member named Alaina Amandine—must navigate a world of gargantuan egos, exotic pets, and a sport so exclusive that no one outside the club has ever heard of it.
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TNR: What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Pres: I remember the process for Pigeon as being really easy when I wrote it between 2016 and 2017. My first book, Bender at the Bon Parisien was already out there, and I’d learned some lessons about how to write a novel, so I was eager to put them into action on a second book. While Bender took two years to write, the idea for Pigeon developed pretty quickly – characters and plot both fell into place and felt natural.
The book I’m working on now has been a lot harder. Finding the right tone for the characters’ voices, the right turns in the plotline, has been more difficult. But that’s part of the fun of the creative process. So, if there is one hardest thing about writing, I’d say it’s the malleability of the process itself. What worked for me the last time around has morphed a little as I’ve gained experience and my skills have changed (hopefully improved), and it’s presenting new challenges this time.
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