The incredibly talented, LA-based author Travis Richardson was one of the first people I connected with when I threw my hat into the crime writing ring. We met via Twitter (who says social media doesn’t work?!) shortly before the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in 2014. Those of you who know Travis will not be surprised that he happily offered to help me navigate the publishing world in those first few months. Over time, he turned me on to great zines like All Due Respect, Thuglit and Shotgun Honey, and generously agreed to read early drafts of my short- and long-form fiction. I have been privileged to return the favor, when asked, which means that I have gotten to read some of his brutal, insightful fiction before almost anybody else—a real honor for a newer writer like me.
So, when the crew over at Flash Fiction Offensive gave me the opportunity to produce an audio version of his awesome new short story HOW I GOT INTO THE NAVY, I jumped at it. Special thanks to my friends in L.A. and London who generously donated their time and voices to bring this story to life, including Scott Ross who read the part of the main narrator. I hope you enjoy reading and listening to it as much as I did.
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 debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published in 2016.