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—Ron Earl Phillips

Who: Ron Earl Phillips

What: Publisher of  Shotgun Honey and One Eye Press, as well as a web developer and designer. He lives with his wife, daughter, and one too many cats.  He has been known to write.

Where: West Virginia

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

Welcome, Ron. Why don’t you start by singing us the ballad of Shotgun Honey? 

Good to be here. After Bouchercon, I wasn’t too optimistic. But what doesn’t kill you, right?

The Ballad of Shotgun Honey, a song I’ve sung a time or two. It’s got a pretty good up beat, but I digress. So, about Shotgun Honey… The start of Shotgun Honey came about in 2011 and was concocted by Kent Gowran. I was fairly new to the community, maybe a year in, and I had written a few stories. 2010 was a productive year for me. I’d been “friends” with Kent for about 5-6 six months, chatted on Twitter, and when he tweeted about starting a new flash fiction site I sent him a note asking if he needed any help.

For me, I was thinking of putting together and managing a website. That’s what I do, I’m a web guy. Next thing I know, along with Sabrina Ogden, we’re launching a site and reading submissions. Kent has a lot of cache in the community, so the site took off. Started with a lot of known members like Dan O’Shea, Al Guthrie, Ray Banks, and so many guys I admired the hell out of.

A month in we moved from Blogger to our ShotgunHoney.net, which I’ve hosted and maintained since. Kent and Sabrina were on board for first 18+ months for the first anthology, which evolved into more publishing.

Since then I’ve had the privilege to work with Kent, Sabrina, Chad Rohrbacher, Christopher Irvin, Jen Conley, Joe Meyers, Erik Arneson, and Angel Luis Colón. Outside of the contributors, these folks are the life blood of Shotgun Honey these last 4 and half years.

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