“S.W. Lauden has written one of the craziest, wildest novels I’ve read this year and I’m thrilled to be able to catch up with him to discuss Crossed Bones, a strange crime tale of low-lifes, bad decisions and, oh yeah, pirates.”— Steph Post, author of A TREE BORN CROOKED and LIGHTWOOD.
Check out the INTERVIEW.
S.W. Lauden is the author of the Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series including BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION and GRIZZLY SEASON (Rare Bird Books). His Tommy & Shayna Crime Caper novellas include CROSSWISE and CROSSED BONES (Down & Out Books). He is also the co-host of the Writer Types podcast. Steve lives in Los Angeles.
Who: Steph Post
What: Author of the novels A TREE BORN CROOKED and LIGHTWOOD. She teaches writing at a performing arts high school in St. Petersburg.
Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.
Congrats on the release of LIGHTWOOD. How did this book come together?
Thank you! I think in a lot of ways LIGHTWOOD was sort of an evolution from my first novel, A TREE BORN CROOKED. After I finished A TREE BORN CROOKED, I knew that I wanted to go in a different direction, stylistically, but the area of north-central Florida still had its hooks in me. I still wanted to write about that particular place—the landscape, the people, the microcosmic circumstances—but I wanted to really ramp things up. I wanted to write about underdogs and unusual villains and beautiful-loser characters, but on somewhat of an epic scale. So that was the genesis. Everything else came from wherever it comes from in the writer universe: that swirling vortex of moments and interests we collect along the way that eventually surprise us by popping up on the page.