Laid back and insightful to my surroundings.
How would your best friend describe you in a sentence?
A person you can count on when the shit goes down.
Crime fiction is at its best when…
humanity is tested by failures and tragedy.
The worst literary vice is…
writing what you think others want.
The highest literary order a writer can aspire to is…
giving themselves fully to the page.
What’s your favourite word?
If you could remove one word from the parlance of our time, what would it be?
If you could remove one profession from the planet, which would it be?
Meth cook or black market slavery.
If you could remove one person from the planet, who would it be?
Too many to name, more like people and their chosen sickness, pedophiles and rapists would be a good start.
Which fictional character is going to be shot, come the literary revolution?
Which fictional character would you most like to meet in real life?
What’s the best oneliner you’ve ever read or written?
“I’ll stomp a mud hole in your ass and walk it dry.” Or, “The worst prison is ignorance.”
An American, an Englishman and a Scotsman walk into a bar…
The American says whisky is whiskey both our countries are beyond repair lets get bent and organize a fuck all attitude.
Your five favourite party guests are…
Larry Brown, William Gay, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Scott Biram and Patterson Hood.
Which book other than your own do you wish you’d written?
There are more than a few; Twilight by William Gay, Another Day in Paradise by Eddie Little, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, Poachers by Tom Franklin, Joe by Larry Brown and The Getaway Man by Andrew Vachss.
Sum up your latest book in no more than 10 words:
Violent struggling class strife.
What scene or theme did it start with?
Men and women surviving the only way they know how without sentimentality.
What was the greatest challenge in writing it?
Writing one story that was better than the previous.
What was the greatest moment in writing it?
Getting acceptance letters from editors.
What are the greatest problems in writing today?
Not enough gritty or manly stories are being told.
What are the greatest opportunities in writing today?
Reaching a wider audience because of the Internet.
What’s the most amusing situation you’ve found yourself in because of your writing?
Getting heckled by a 75 year old female at my first book reading.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started writing?
Write what you like to read.
If God exists, what will be your first words when you crash the pearly gates?
Can I get a case of Pappy Van Winkles and a carton of Camel non-filtered smokes?
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