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Author Interview: Keith Rosson

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Today I am interviewing Keith Rosson, author of the new literary/magical realism novel, Smoke City.

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DJ: Hi Keith! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Keith: Two novels out, a bunch of short story appearances. I rent an office where, at 9 pm sharp, I can hear the bass begin to throb through the walls from the bar across the street. It is not conducive to working, and that’s usually when I pack it up for the night. I live with my girlfriend and our two three-legged dogs.

DJ: What is Smoke City about?

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Keith: How about I just use the synopsis we’ve been using, since I’ve kind of run out of different ways to describe it at this point? Hope that works!
Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He’s compelled to volunteer at the local Children’s Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week. Oh, and he’s also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Thérage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc’s pyre in 1431. He’s just seen a woman on a Los Angeles talk show claiming to be Joan, and absolution seems closer than it’s ever been . . . but how will he find her? When Marvin heads to Los Angeles to locate the woman who may or may not be Joan, he’s picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife’s funeral. As they move through a California landscape populated with “smokes” (ghostly apparitions that’ve inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in his own way. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Keith Rosson

Today I am interviewing Keith Rosson, author of the new literary/alternate history novel, The Mercy of the Tide.

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DJ: Hey Keith! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Keith Rosson: Suuuuure. I’m an author and illustrator. Have a new book out, my first novel. Let’s see. I, uh, love libraries and book sales and halftones and distressed text and cassettes and punk. I did a long-running punk zine called Avow for years and years and then made the leap to fiction. The Mercy of the Tide is the fourth novel I’ve written in my life, and the first to be published. I wrote my first novel at 20, and it was understandably baaaaaaad. Then I wrote my second at 27 or so, and it was still pretty bad. Then I wrote my third, and it was better (titled Smoke City, it will be published in January 2018 by my glorious publisher, Meerkat Press) and then I wrote Mercy. In between, I write for music publications Razorcake and Rebel Noise, as well as penning short stories which have been published in placed like PANK, December, Cream City Review, the Nervous Breakdown, and more. Been twice nominated for a Pushcart. Finalist for the New American Fiction Prize and Birdwhistle Prize for Short Fiction. Currently writing a novel that revolves somewhat around a unicorn – no, seriously! – but there’s a significant part of me that can’t wait to finish it and get back to writing short stories.

DJ: What is The Mercy of the Tide about?

Keith: Can I just use the synopsis that the Meerkat folks and I came up with? After working on this book for so long and then hustling it for as hard as we have, I’ve kinda run out of wacky adjectives and new ways to describe it. Here goes. Riptide, Oregon, 1983. A sleepy coastal town, where crime usually consists of underage drinking down at a Wolf Point bonfire. But then strange things start happening—a human skeleton is unearthed in a local park and mutilated animals begin appearing, seemingly sacrificed, on the town’s beaches. The Mercy of the Tide follows four people drawn irrevocably together by a recent tragedy as they do their best to reclaim their lives—leading them all to a discovery that will change them and their town forever. That work?

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Mercy of the Tide?

Keith: Ooof. Tough one. I think it’s tough to avoid writing anything horror-related – and lofty literary elements aside, there are strong nods to horror in Mercy – without acknowledging the debt to Stephen King. He’s just the go-to guy in that field, at least for me. There’s also a passible nod to Robert McCammon’s Swan Song, if only for the fact that how deftly he handled so many points of view as well. Beyond that, I read a lot of fiction, and if you can blend literary stuff with genre fiction, I’m all in. All that stuff is bound to cause a collective seep, as it were. Which, as a side note, is a pretty good name for a grindcore band.  Continue reading

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Author Interview: Tricia Reeks and Kyle Richardson

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Today I am interviewing Tricia Reeks and Kyle Richardson, editors of the new superhero anthology, Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions.

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DJ: Hey Tricia and Kyle! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourselves?

Tricia Reeks: I am the founder of Meerkat Press and the editor of Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology. I recently transplanted from Atlanta to a mountainside in Asheville, North Carolina where me, my husband and my two ferocious French bulldogs do our best to stay out of the way of the bears and wild-turkeys. I am a lover of great stories and can’t complain that my job at Meerkat Press is finding them!

Kyle Richardson: Hey there, DJ. Thanks for having us. Officially, I have three titles that I’m grateful for: father, husband, and struggling writer (a joyful emphasis on the struggling part). I’m an American Canadian, I think long walks on the beach are best done with steampunk goggles on, and I didn’t don an editor’s cap until Tricia approached me with a unique opportunity: she’d stocked up on too much red ink and needed someone to help her use it all.

DJ: What is Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions about?

Tricia: I think Kyle said it best in a line from his intro: “It’s a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre. The hopes and dreams of our cape-clad heroes. The regrets and longings of our cowled villains. That poignant, solitary view of the world that can only be experienced from behind the mask.”

Kyle: It’s a look at the human side of the superhero genre—as imagined by twenty talented short-fiction authors.

DJ: What were some of your influences for creating Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions?

Tricia: Kyle suggested superheroes and I ran across Kelly Link’s “Origin Story,” which was such a touching view of the normal struggles of two people, Bunnatine and Biscuit, who happened to have superpowers. That story had a big impact on  the focus of the stories we chose.

Kyle: A love of illustrated superhero fiction—and a desire to show how it feels when skilled prose authors take a crack at it. Continue reading

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