Quality Snacks mostly revolves around middle-aged Midwestern men from different backgrounds as they navigate relationships and divorce.
The book comes out in print on May 1st.
Andy Mozina in the radio studio
Mozina, an English professor at Kalamazoo College, used to have an addiction to Doritos chips.
"The MSG is an addictive substance. And when I was in college I could easily buy a bag and just sit there and eat it. And that continued far longer into adulthood than it should have," he says. "And then I realized what was happening...it's an addictive substance. Doritos is an addictive product."
While Mozina was going cold-turkey to get off of Doritos, he wrote a story about it. Now, he says, he doesn't touch the stuff.
Lies Make Great Stories
Mozina says he has a lot of trouble looking at his life or others' lives and putting that in writing. He says he finds it interesting, but it's just not quite offbeat enough for his style. Mozina says he likes exaggerating situations sometimes for the sake of a good story.
"It's very hard to take life straight I think. And I think just to get through things moment to moment, I will just say things that are not the case," he says. "I hope always that whoever I'm with knows that I'm exaggerating a little bit."
A Quirk, A Twist, A Surprise
Instead of writing a story and then adding a twist to it, Mozina says ...