Shotgun Honey Presents: A Who’s Who of Crime Writers

Locked and Loaded

I started doing weekly author interviews about six months ago. Up until very recently I was pretty impressed with the quality and diversity of crime and mystery authors I managed to connect with. And then I picked up Shotgun Honey Presents: Locked and Loaded (Both Barrels v3).

Jeez.

Of the 25 amazing authors featured in this volume—including Patricia Abbott, Bracken MacLeod, Frank Byrns, Katanie Duarte, Jedidiah Ayres, Bill Barber, Angel Luis Colon, Chris Rhatigan and John L. Thompson, to name a few—I have only interviewed one of the authors, Travis Richardson. I also interviewed one of the Locked and Loaded Volume 3 editors, Erik Arneson.

So, I have my work cut out for me. The good news is that I have yet another reason to read every single story in this impressive volume.

For now, here’s an excerpt from my Travis Richardson interview:

COFFEE PARISDo you have a favorite form of fiction?

I like writing short stories better because I can explore different stories and characters and then start something totally different a few weeks later. While I would love the idea of a big fat contract to develop a series character over several novels, finishing several works in a year is satisfying. As a reader, I’d say I like short stories and novellas over novels. I’m a slow reader and I like that I can finish a short story in one sitting. Shorter works can sustain intensity and focus that most longer works can’t. To me there are parallels between music and writing. Short stories are like individual songs that are self-contained and keep a pace/rhythm for the entirety of the piece. Books are like albums with each chapter similar to a track. More often than not, there are a few weak pieces that make the entire work (book or album) uneven, even when the majority of the work is rock solid.

If you haven’t gotten your copy of Locked and Loaded (Both Barrels v3) yet, you can try to win a copy over at GOODREADS through May 15.

And you can look for my flash fiction story, “Range Life,” over at Shotgun Honey on or around May 18th.

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