In episode 32 of Books and Booze, Neal Pollack joins us to talk about his latest novel, Downward Facing Death, that debuted as one of the first Kindle Serials. He discusses the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles yoga, writing (and reading) about things outside your interests,and everybody's favorite character from Downward Facing Death. We chat a little about Jewball and Neal's experiences with the different forms of publishing.
Jack Ketchum is the author of such books as Red, Off Season, The Girl Next Door, and many others, most of which were adapted to film. His latest novel The Woman is now available.
Need more Ketchum? Check out his official website!
SYW: What is your writing process in its brevity? By that I mean, is your inspiration fueled by caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and music when you write?
In Episode 26 of Books And Booze we sit down with Leah Rhyne to discuss her novel Undead America: Zombie Days and Campfire Nights, the joys of killing shit indiscriminately (in your writing), and working with small publishers. In the second segment we talk a little about Sylvia Plath, pen names, porno names, and lots of other great stuff.
The first person I knew who died was a ten year-old girl in my Elementary School who was strangled by the drawstring on the hood of her winter coat. As she walked down the steps of the bus the wide end of the drawstring, meant to keep it from being pulled out of the jacket, caught on the bus's handrail. This bit of plastic wedged right where the thin metal pole connected to the wall, like the grappling hook Batman used to climb buildings.
Unlike most magazines or other kinds of lists you will find on the internet stating the people you should like best, SYW took a different approach. We decided each staff member should pick anyone who influenced them most in the year 2012 (no particular order). What we have come up with so far is a list of idols, friends, and mentors that have changed our lives in some way.
Alexandra Isacson – Manhattan
Corey Mesler – Dave and Grif and the Cat
Asha Khalaladkar – The Icelander
John Swain – Trampoline
Salley Reno – Hotel Khadijah
Dakota Taylor – The Passenger
My short story “20%” about a disgruntled Wal-Mart manager is available to read in a very awesome anthology in paperback!
20% Off by Dakota Taylor
Party Crashing by Alan Wor
Your Leg Tastes Better… by Byron Alexander Campbell
Daddy’s Glad Hands by Ralph Robert Moore
The Break Up by Dave Fragments
Ghosts by Eric Pollarine
Salt Whispers and Blue Flowers Nicky Peacock
Keep Your Feet On the Ground by Jared Donald Blair
Nazi, Retard, & Me by Abram S. Jacobs
The Ostrich Nest by Todor Oluic
First Assisted Suicide by Leonora Stein
Topeka by Scott Barbour
HeLa, HeLa by Jess Gulbranson
Playing the Game by William Cook
The Fall of Nil by Sam D. Church II
The Little Book of Nothing by M.J. Nicholls
Clinic of Lost Monsters by Cornelius Fortune
The Head by James Beaton
But One Day All of This Will Be Gone by Alexander Zelenyj
Rapture by S. MacLeod