“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.
What: Author of the novels A TREE BORN CROOKEDand 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.
Thrilled to share the first episode of my new podcast with co-host, Eric Beetner.
This week we have interviews with authors Megan Abbott, Lou Berney and Steph Post; check in with Down & Out Books publisher, Eric Campbell; hear about the best of 2016 and what to look forward to in 2017 from our reviewers, Kate Malmon and Dan Malmon; enjoy a live reading of the short story “Whoops” by Nick Kolakowski, and have a little bookstore fun with S.G. Redling, Gary Phillips and Jay Stringer.
We’re aiming to have a new episode up every month throughout 2017. So please give it a listen and share it with your friends.