The 2015 Anthony Award nominations are out today, and Joe Clifford is on the list twice:
Lamentation – Joe Clifford [Oceanview]
The Secret Place – Tana French [Hodder & Stoughton/Viking]
After I’m Gone – Laura Lippman [William Morrow]
The Long Way Home – Louise Penny [Minotaur]
Truth Be Told – Hank Phillippi Ryan [Forge]
Best Anthology or Collection
FaceOff – David Baldacci, ed. [Simon & Schuster]
Murder at the Beach: The Bouchercon Anthology 2014 – Dana Cameron, ed. [Down & Out]
Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen – Joe Clifford, ed. [Gutter]
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon – Laurie R. King & Leslie S. Klinger, eds. [Pegasus Crime]
Carolina Crimes: 19 Tales of Love, Lust, and Longing – Karen Pullen, ed. [Wildside]
You can read the whole list HERE. Congrats to all the nominees!
I was lucky enough to interview Joe Clifford late last year about writing and editing. Here’s a couple excerpts from my interview with Joe Clifford:
If you had to explain your writing to somebody who has never read your work before, how would you describe it?
I’ve been grappling with this one lately. I write genre, for the most part, mysteries, noir, etc. But these classifications are rarely all-encompassing, and I notice that my “noir” is very different from a lot of the people writing it today. I recently read “Cry Father” by Benjamin Whitmer. Remarkable writer. Remarkable book. Very noir. And it struck me how much I am not that. I guess I’d call what I do “literary thriller.” Sounds a little pretentious, but I started out in literary fiction, and so many of those characteristics remain, with the caveat that story comes first. That’s what I love about genre: the story is front and center. Literary fiction can get bogged down in too much … stuff. So, yeah, I write dark, but I am also deeply steeped in pop culture. I like commercial. I mean, I don’t think appealing to the masses is a bad thing. But like any writer I am searching for that deeper truth.
You also recently edited the anthology “Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen” (Zelmer Pulp/Gutter Books). What did you learn editing it?
Bruce Springsteen probably influenced my writing more than any other author. He transcends mere songwriting. In a lot of ways, he is America’s author, right? He captures Americana like no one else in music or literature. Just these slices of broken lives and big dreams. Remarkable what he can achieve in just a few lines. “Remember all the movies, Terry, we go and see / trying to learn to walk like the heroes we thought we’d someday be / and after all this time to find we’re just like all the rest.” Fuck, right? Lesser authors can take 600 pages and not pack that punch to the gut.
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, Criminal Element, Akashic Books, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His novella, CROSSWISE, and his debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015 and 2016.