What: His Derringer Award nominated fiction has appeared in multiple print and web publications. Book reviews have appeared in My Bookish Ways and he is an editor for Shotgun Honey, a flash-fiction website focused on noir, hard-boiled, and crime crime stories. Debut novella, THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR out in July from One Eye Press.
Where: New York
Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.
I just read THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR in one shot. Totally couldn’t put it down. What dark corner of your soul did the title character emerge from? Where does he go when you’re not writing about him?
Great question. Blacky isn’t necessarily my id, but he’s definitely a creature of impulse. I wanted to create someone dark, but cartoonish enough to love, if that makes sense. Most of Blacky’s decisions are by the seat of his pants and most definitely low-hanging fruit. Though, in the story, we do see Blacky has sort of a moral compass. This doesn’t excuse the things he does, but in most cases you’d have a beer with the guy.
That second part, I can probably answer that better when I’m actually not writing him! I’m currently working on a new Blacky story for the Thuglit Christmas anthology due out later this year. This crazy bastard won’t leave my brain, man.
I know, I know—doing a blog about Steve Earle’s fantastic storytelling and NOT picking “Copperhead Road” borders on sacrilege. The thing is, music is all about the emotional connections you create with it. In my case, “El Corazon” was the soundtrack to a particularly colorful period in my late twenties. And “N.Y.C.” is the track that most consistently taps those memories.
It’s also a really great short story.
The story is simple on the surface: An older guy picks up a young hitchhiker who is rambling his way to New York City because he “heard the girls are pretty.” As the song evolves, you find out the older guy had made a similar pilgrimage many years before, only to go home with his tail between his legs. It is a tale of adventure, jealousy and regret—and it all happens in three-and-a-half minutes.
Read the lyrics for N.Y.C. by Steve Earle right HERE.
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, Dark Corners, Akashic Books, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey, Dead Guns Magazine and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.