G.M Nair "I tried to make Duckett & Dyer sort of a tongue-in-cheek love letter to a lot of the sci-fi and mystery genre fiction I grew up watching"
The writer explains his semi-fondness for pina coladas, writing on a team, and what could be next for Duckett and Dyer.
Oh good lord, where do I start?
If you haven’t heard of G.M Nair, Aerospace Engineer/Comedian/Writer, you will feel like his bestie after this interview.
Well, maybe a close friend.
What you will get is a sense for how funny he is, and if you check out any of the other tour members you will hear them rave about Duckett & Dyer: Dicks for Hire. A best friends detective screwball comedy with a little bit of crazy, a little bit of fantasy, and a whole lot of laughs.
Thanks for taking the time to have a chat with me! Could you tell me a bit about yourself, your hopes, dreams, do you like Pina Coladas?
Duckett and Dyer: Dicks for Hire is hilarious. Where did you get your inspiration for the story?
I tried to make Duckett & Dyer sort of a tongue-in-cheek love letter to a lot of the sci-fi and mystery genre fiction I grew up watching: Doctor Who, Dirk Gently, the Pink Panther movies, Big Trouble in Little China, and all of the Richard Pryor-Gene Wilder buddy comedies. Some influences are more obvious than others, but they’re all there.
How do you balance your side hustle as an Aerospace and Aviation Consultant with your job as a writer and comedian?
It’s a lot easier after being laid off because of COVID, lemme tell you.
It is evident from your writing that you have a fondness for comedy as a means of communicating ideas. Do you have any writers or comedians that you look up to or that inspire you?
I read that you are writing a TV pilot, and are part of a sketch comedy writing team, how is the creative process different for those verses for writing a book?
How many hours a day do you write?
Not as much as I’d like. I think my average would actually be close to zero. Because there’re a lot of days where I write nothing and a few days where I write maybe 2 or 3 hours. I wish I had more discipline.
What are you reading right now?
I’m in the middle of a lot of things. COVID’s wreaked havoc on a lot of people’s motivation to write, but it’s sapped my time to read. Right now I’m halfway through Leviathan’s Wake, Deston J. Munden’s Tavern, and Drew Magary’s Point B.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
Start writing earlier and get over the self-consciousness that says if a first draft isn’t good, it never will be. That’s a hard idea to deprogram yourself of.