What: Johnny Shaw was born and raised on the Calexico/Mexicali border, the setting for his novels DOVE SEASON, BIG MARIA and PLASTER CITY. He has won both the Spotted Owl Award and the Anthony Award. His shorter work has appeared in Plots With Guns, Thuglit, Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, and numerous anthologies. Johnny also acts as the editor-in-chief and is a frequent contributor for the online fiction quarterly BLOOD & TACOS, a loving homage to the men’s adventure paperbacks of the 1970′s & 1980′s.
I caught up with Johnny Shaw during the Left Coast Crime convention in Portland a couple of weekends ago. Johnny was the Program Coordinator for the event which meant that he spent most of his time running around to either make sure that panels he scheduled were happening, or to participate himself. I caught him early on Saturday morning shortly before he took part in the hilarious “Pants On Fire: A Liars Panel” along with moderator Simon Wood, Chris F. Holm, Jess Lourey and Catriona McPherson.
Johnny also organized and read at the Wednesday night Noir at the Bar Portland reading which featured Hilary Davidson, J. David Osborne, Todd Robinson, Barry Graham, Blake Crouch, S.G. Redling and Lou Berney. We touched on many topics in our interview, but Johnny’s advice for writers who want to do readings is some of the best I have ever heard. Enjoy!
S.W. Lauden is a writer and drummer living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Akashic Books, QuarterReads and Crimespree Magazine. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published in 2015. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION. You can read one of his recent short stories right HERE.