I’m not a very good scheduler of things. Also, it’s the tail-end of summer and a lot of people are doing things like taking vacations, moving, and so on. Add to that, I’m trying to find interesting things to do with this podcast that aren’t only the simple interview/conversation. So, I’m going to try something different to fill one of my two monthly slots. I’m calling this Shoptalk, and it has a couple of purposes that I hope might prove interesting. First, I miss talking to my old grad school friend, Laura Hawley, about the projects we’re working on. We had a great rapport, and we seemed to understand what the other was trying to do creatively and also had the ability to push each other in interesting directions. I’m stuck on the ending of a novel, and I really needed her help and thought I’d record our conversation about my problematic story. Second, Laura hasn’t been writing much these last few years, and I’ve been trying to think of ways to get her to start writing again. For those who haven’t listened to the episode where I read one of Laura’s stories and talked to her, go back and check that out. But, if you’re more industrious, track down a copy of the 2003 Best New American Voice anthology edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Your local library might have one. Give Laura’s story “The Good Life” a read. I believe you will be impressed.
In this episode I talk with the wonderful Pauls Toutonghi about sleeping babies, family vacations, growing up in Seattle, Michael Ondaatje, getting sober, and what kids do at Latvian summer camp.
Pauls is the author of two novels, Red Weather and Evel Knievel Days. Pauls’ fiction and essays have appeared in many periodicals, even earning him a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon.
In this episode I talk to Rachel Weaver about growing up in Tennessee, shocking fish and her love of science which lead her to the University of Colorado and a degree in Biology, then eventually to Alaska where she tracked bears and finally what brought her back to Colorado and the MFA program at Naropa University.
Rachel Weaver is the author of Point of Direction from Ig Publishing (igpub.com). Her work has appeared in three Best New American Voices anthologies as well as many magazines. Her novel was selected for Oprah Magazine’s list of Ten Titles to Pick Up Now, the American Booksellers Association Top Ten Debuts of spring 2014, and an Indie Next Pick, and Yoga Magazine’s Top Five Summer Reading List.
You can learn more about Rachel and her book at http://www.rachelweaver.net .
In this episode I talk with poet Shaindel Beers about Indiana, dancing, discovering a talent for writing, how she ended up in Oregon after a very strange time in Florida (with a detour through the possibility of a Disney themed subset of Furries), and reconnecting with an old high school sweetheart.
Shaindel Beers is the author of two full-length poetry collections, A Brief History of Time, and her most recent one The Children’s War and Other Poems, both from Salt Publishing. She has had poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction published all over the place and is the poetry editor for Contrary Magazine (http://contrarymagazine.com). You can read more about Shaindel at her website http://shaindelbeers.com
I’ve been excited and thrilled with all of my guests, even Colin Dickey despite the fact that he is on Harper Perennial’s Enemies List (it is a mystery you’ll have to figure out on your own); however, I am over the moon thrilled with my first June guest, Laird Hunt.
In this episode, I talk with Laird about growing up splitting time between Shanghai and Indiana, almost playing football for the University of Indiana, grad school at Naropa, his time working for the United Nations, and whole bunch of other things we had to cram into about forty-five minutes. If we’d had more time, I’d have talked to him for another hour and fifteen minutes. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
Laird Hunt is the author of a short story collection, The Paris Stories, and the novels The Impossibly, Indiana, Indiana, The Exquisite, Ray of the Star and the Pen/Faulkner Award finalist, and Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winning novel Kind One, all from Coffee House Press. His new novel, Neverhome, will be out in September from Little, Brown.
You can read more about Laird Hunt at his website http://lairdhunt.net and find links to buy his books.
In this episode, I talk to debut author Dale Bridges about growing up in a fundamentalist, evangelical home, the things that finally led him to break away from his family’s religion and become a writer, and why he decided to live in Austin, Texas.
You can learn more about Dale and his new collection, Justice, Inc, at his website, http://dalebridges.org and you can learn more about his publisher, Monkey Puzzle Press at their website, http://monkeypuzzlepress.com.
In this episode, I talk to poet Ed Skoog about the reason and necessity of poetry, the many mutations of Shakespeare, the desire to be a zookeeper, the usual grad school stuff, and how we experienced K-State in vastly different ways with Ed ending his time there as student body president.
Ed Skoog has taught at several universities and high school arts conservatories. He has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Sewanee Writers conference, Richard Hugo House, and the Lannan Foundation. Ed has two collections of poetry, Mister Skylight and Rough Day, both from Copper Canyon Press. You can learn more about Ed at his website http://edskoog.com and check out his podcast co-hosted with the writer J. Robert Lennon “Lunchbox with Ed and John” here http://www.lunchboxpodcast.com
This week I talk to romance author Theresa Romain about how she handles the demanding business of series writing, what literary writers can learn from genre writers, and the coming demand for vampire bondage yeti porn. Get on board now.
Theresa is the author of five books and has two more on the way this year, and a third due out in January 2015. Her first book was published under her mortal name, Theresa St. Romain, that book was Margarita Fischer: A Biography of the Silent Film Star, published by Mcfarland Press in 2012. Since then she had been writing under her pseudo pen name Theresa Romain, because it’s easier to shelve in the bookstores. She has two Regency romance series going, the first is the Seasons series, from Kensington Zebra, Season for Temptation, Season for Surrender, Season for Scandal, and the forthcoming Season for Desire. Her second series is the Matchmaker Trilogy, from Sourcebooks Casablanca with It Takes Two to Tangle, and To Charm a Naughty Countess, which will be released next month, and Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress due in January 2015.
You can read more about Theresa at her website http://theresaromain.com
Today’s guest is the charming and talented Timothy Schaffert. I talk, in person this time, with Timothy about the path to becoming a writer when it begins in the barren flatness of midwestern plains states, how important Eudora Welty is, and that its easy to go broke in New York.
Timothy is the author of five novels. The most recent of which is The Swan Gondola (Riverhead). His four previous novels were all published by Unbridled Books and earned him lots of recognition, including being selected as for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers list, as well as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, among many others.
You can learn more about Timothy at http://www.timothyschaffert.com
Today, we’re trying sometime a bit different. It’s story time! Host Jason Quinn Malott reads a short story called Shadowboxes, which was written by Laura Hawley. Laura earned her MFA in creative writing from Naropa University and was picked by Joyce Carol Oates as the capper story for the 2003 anthology of Best New American Voices. Then, she quietly disappeared. After the story, Jason talks with Laura about what she’s doing now, and her plans for turning out more stories.