So to return to this space in 2015, my novel WASTE will be out with Dzanc Books in Spring 2016. It will be out there in America, scaring children and causing great strife and turmoil amongst the working class.
Kim McCullough (author of Clearwater) decided to interview me over at PRISM International last month because she can be very kind like that. Kim had a great understanding of All We Want is Everything and a bunch of great questions about storytelling and what it means to be a storyteller. I also ended up gushing a bit about Jim Shepard and saying angry things about calling oneself a "writer." Also, keep an eye out for my buddy Kevin Hardcastle's story "One We Could Stand to Lose" in the new issue.
So I have a new flash piece out there about dogs in cars and loose chunks of asphalt. One thing leads to another, as they say. Big thanks to Elsewhere for letting me be a part of their first issue. This piece is pretty
much a voice experiment for me, but I do enjoy it. Gotta represent the South 'Shwa somehow.
David E. Burga, writer and geologist to the stars, interviewed me over at his site about my musical tastes, the absurd in my fiction, the stories I admire and why I bother to write about America. Come read about Jim Shepard, Songs Ohia and why I write about sinkholes and dead factory workers. Big thanks to Dave for doing the interview and taking the time to deal with my obnoxious, long-winded answers.
The National Post ended the year by listing off their favourite books from 2013, and I found myself in the top five short story collections in Steven W. Beattie's Shortcuts column. My book is on there with four other strong titles, including Douglas Glover's Savage Loveand Lynn Coady's Hellgoing.
So the generous Lori Hettler over at TNBBC reached out to me and a bunch of other small press authors to recommend our favourite reads from 2013. Each author tossed out three books with a bit of commentary. You'll have to follow the links to find out more, but I stand behind all three of my choices. Volatile and viciously human voices were my poison in 2013. May the the future stay the same, may the circle remain unbroken.
All Lit Upis a great program this holiday season from LPG Canada. They are launching new bundles of books each day and I was lucky enough to be included on Day 8. In my bundle, you can also find two other short story collections from debut authors - Juliah Lin's Miah and Elizabeth de Mariaffi's How to Get Along with Women. Three great collections all signed by the authors, for $40, which is a sweet deal.
Go read all about it right here. Go. Hurry. Before they all disappear.