Interrogation—S.G. Redling

fb_img_1476026447466Who: S.G. Redling

What: Author of over a half-dozen novels, including the thriller FLOWERTOWN and the sci-fi drama, DAMOCLES. A former radio host, Sheila now spends her non-writing time traveling and arguing with her cats about traveling. Her latest novel is AT RISK.

Where: West Virginia

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

Congrats on your fantastic new novel, AT RISK. Can you tell us a little about how this one came about?

AT RISK is a departure for me from my previous thrillers. I gravitate toward protagonists who are less traditional—women with occasionally questionable hygiene, a love of profanity, and a warm flirtation with substance abuse. (The first person who says “Write what you know” gets punched in the face.) As you know, writing is all about trying new things, pushing yourself a little farther. I didn’t know if I could write a protag who was, by all appearances, pulled together. Colleen is polite, reserved, tasteful. On the inside, however, she is a complete disaster, the core of her confidence beaten to pieces by her violent first marriage. She challenged me and surprised me.

On a sad side note, from which I promise I will pull back, I finished this book as my mother was dying. I didn’t know if I could do it. In some ways it felt as if I was writing on scabs. On the other hand, I reaffirmed that writing really is my solace. Still, there are parts of this story that feel alien to me, written by some part of me that writes on when everything else is falling apart. On the up side, I think my mother is delighted that I finally wrote a hero who is comfortable in sweater sets and pearls.

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Interrogation—Pam Stack

Pam StackWho: Pam Stack

What: Pam Stack is a radio talk show host at Authors on the Air, and executive producer of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. She’s also a certified victim’s advocate, a multiple award-winning public speaker and former geriatric rehab specialist. Pam is the kitty mama to 5 rescued cats.

Where: Florida

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

How would you explain Authors on the Air to somebody who hasn’t previously discovered it? 

Authors on the Air is part of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. We are a digital internet radio company that is easily accessed via any device with a WiFi connection. Authors on the Air is the flagship show in the network, which I host. This program provides a LIVE 60 minute format to authors, traditionally, small press or independently published, whether debut or well-established, to be interviewed. Authors have a chance to tap in to our 2.5 million listener network in more than 50 countries and have their interview and books promoted through our social media of 250,000+ followers. It is my intention to introduce readers to fiction authors in all genres, and some non-fiction writers, via a casual, organic conversation. Listeners can also call-in and speak to the guest.

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Sometimes The Best Short Story Is A Song (#11)

It might be hard to imagine in this era of all-you-eat streaming services, but college rock radio used to be the best place to discover new music. Curated by students themselves, or local record store shepherds who finally found their flock, college stations were the epitome of “play whatever you want” radio. It was hit-and-miss sometimes—but when it hit, it hit really hard. The stations often lived in the 80s and 90s on the FM dial, where the signal strength was weak and reception was spotty.

Enter legendary college radio denizens The Replacements. The album “Tim” was their major label debut and the last album to feature the original line up. The album is littered with songs that fans of the band would consider classics including “Waitress In The Sky,” “Bastards Of Young” and “Here Comes A Regular”. But none of them capture lead singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg’s melancholy struggles with success like “Left Of The Dial”. This is the ultimate ode to life on the road and college rock radio, and a great short story to boot.

(P.S.—Some amazing college radio stations still exist, like KXLU in LA and KEXP in Seattle, among many others. Stream it up!)

Read the lyrics for “Left Of The Dial” HERE.

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S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.