Here’s a link to an interview with Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, and others. He talks about the influence of the book Fight Club, the (overrated, in my opinion) movie, his new book (at the time), Choke, and his writing philosophy.
The most important thing I got out of this interview is to pull no punches. Don’t try to get on Oprah’s Book Club. Write what YOU want to write, not what you think will please the most people. Don’t dilute your inspiration.
Palahniuk evidently puts this philosophy into use in his novels, which are often balls-to-the-wall satirical and hilarious yet dark and disturbing tales with twists around every corner. Yet they come across as genuine and sometimes even touching, as he completely puts himself into his work. They evidently aren’t for everyone, but he’s found a niche and continues to write what he wants.