On Dreams, Determinism, and Dramatic Renditions: Interview with Heather Fowler!

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I recently read Heather Fowler’s newest work Beautiful Ape Girl Baby (see review here), and totally and completely fell in love. Fowler takes a traditional self-liberating teenage road trip and weaves it with an authentic and immensely powerful discussion of gender and sexuality. Her incredible main character, Beautiful Ape Girl Baby Chef, is an absolute delight to read and will have you laughing for most of the story. The perfect balance of humor and hard-hitting prose makes Beautiful Ape Girl Baby unforgettable and completely heart-wrenching.

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Author Bio: Heather Fowler is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, librettist, and novelist. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. Fowler’s stories and poems have been published online and in print in the U.S., England, Australia, and India, with her work appearing in such venues as PANK, Night Train, storyglossia, Surreal South, Feminist Studies, and more. She is Poetry Editor at Corium Magazine. For updates on Beautiful Ape Girl Baby, drop in at her websiteFacebook, or Twitter and say hello! Continue reading “On Dreams, Determinism, and Dramatic Renditions: Interview with Heather Fowler!”

On Misdirection, Magic, and Muzzling Characters: Interview with Paul Southern!

Last week I posted a review of Paul Southern’s latest release, Daddy DearestI was absolutely blown away by Southern’s ability to create suspense and such a compelling first person narrative. Daddy Dearest is the definition of a page turner, and Paul Southern acts a magician as the reader spirals quickly parallel to the main character’s psychological meltdown. I’d like to thank Southern for answering my questions, and I am so excited to share this interview!



NS: In Daddy Dearest you blur the line between protagonist and villain. Is this kind of character similar to characters found in your other books?

PS: I have never been a fan of heroes; I much prefer villains, who are intrinsically more interesting. I think my work is broadly nihilistic, which is indicative of my own general pessimism, so my characters are up against it from the get-go. Even when they are predominantly good and virtuous, they usually have a fatal flaw which brings them down, or fate conspires against them. Everyone is a mix of good and bad, and I do not subscribe to the oft-quoted mantra that you need a (good) character you can root for in a book or a film. What you need is a character you can relate to. Daddy Dearest may occasionally test that resolve, but there will be moments when you’ll identify with the narrator, maybe in spite of yourself. Terrible circumstances change people. They expose our petty prejudices and our general selfishness. As a writer, it is far more interesting to have a character say and do what they feel, than have to muzzle them for fear of what people say about them.     Continue reading “On Misdirection, Magic, and Muzzling Characters: Interview with Paul Southern!”

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