About four years ago, I launched this blog into an author interview project that included interviews with over sixty working authors at various stages of their careers. One of the things I learned from this project is just how many authors out there are darn fine, gracious people. I also learned a lot about how they do what they do, and if you’re a writer, go back through the archives, and you will too.
The first author interview of this series was with Joe R. Lansdale. Before then, and up to now, he’s been one of my favorite writers. His stuff is insightful, gritty, poignant, witty, and utterly unflinching–and at times, downright twisted. He’s written novels, short stories, screenplays, stage plays, comics, and who knows what else.
It’s not every day that a person gets to meet one of his idols. I went to my first World Horror Convention this year, in large part because Joe was Guest of Honor. I was fortunate to meet him and discover that he is as gracious and friendly as an East Texas accent, and that his talent for storytelling goes far beyond the page.