Interrogation—Joe Clifford

Clifford 16.2Who: Joe Clifford

What: Acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and producer of Lip Service West, a “gritty, real, raw” reading series in Oakland, CA. He is the author of several books, including JUNKIE LOVE, LAMENTATION, and DECEMBER BOYS, as well as editor of  TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND: CRIME STORIES BASED ON THE SONGS OF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

Where: San Francisco

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Congrats on the release of DECEMBER BOYS, your latest Jay Porter novel. What can you tell us about the latest installment in the series?

The condensed version? I like Jenny Milchman’s blurb from DECEMBER BOYS, which I think is true for all Jay Porter novels. [These novels] are about “broken people who come back swinging, achieving the kind of partial triumphs and halfway heartaches only real life―and the best writing―can depict.”

At least I hope the “best writing” part is true. The broken people and not going down without a fight part certainly is. I love Springsteen.

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