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Where y'at? November 25, 2020

The long and short of it:

Listen to your favorite SFK authors' playlists!
Mandi Jourdan's Lacrimosa playlist:

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Interview with Mike Corwin, author of Tallapoosa
How do you select the names of your characters?

Most of the names in my writing came from internet searches for interesting names for specific cultures in the period.

What is your favorite genre to read, and why?

I began reading fiction in early grammar school and have continued ever since. It is one of my favorite forms of entertainment and I believe it is the best way to understand the human condition.

What did you edit out of this book?

I edited out most of what was added just to show I knew it (and there was a lot of that) but that did not contribute to advancing the story. Primarily information about the Sharecroppers Union I learned from my research.

What was your hardest scene to write?

Most difficult for me was any scene that dealt with the thoughts and motivations of the characters. Among them was Emmett's feelings about Sarah and Tom's thoughts about joining the Marine Corps. The scenes describing actions were much easier.

What is your favorite childhood book?

In early childhood it was Uncle Remus. I didn't recognize it as racist at the time. Later in grammar school, I switched to Hardy Boy mysteries and adventure books.

How long did it take you to write Tallapoosa?

I wrote many versions of the story over a four-year period.

What books are currently in your 'to be read' pile?

The three books I'm reading now are: The Saddest Words: William Faulkner's Civil War by Michael Gorra; When Einstein Walked with Godel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought by Jim Holt; and The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom by Graham Farmelo

Which is your favorite time of day to write in?

When I wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. The quiet and darkness seem particularly conducive to creative thought.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

To start writing earlier in life.

Do you like audiobooks, physical books, or e-books better?

I like best to read hardbacks the size of Modern Library Editions.

What is your most unusual writing quirk?

Obsessive rewriting.

What does literary success look like to you?

At this point, just having my book published seems a great success to me.

What are two of your favorite book covers (besides your own) of all time?

The Mysterious Falme of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco and Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear by Javier Marias.

What is your favorite word?

Buy Tallapoosa
Updates from our contributors!
  • In November, George Hovis, author of The Skin Artist, co-facilitated an online discussion of Colson Whitehead's novel, The Underground Railroad for Friends of Cooperstown Village Library and participated in a panel on publishing with independent presses as part of the Spring Writes! Festival out of Ithaca, NY. Links forthcoming on his website.
  • Gilbert Allen has recently published two books: The Beasts of Belladonna, a collection of linked stories and Believing in Two Bodies, a collection of poems. You can find a short interview about these new works here.
  • Dana DuTerroil co-authored 111 Places in Houston That You Must Not Miss - a resource full of stories behind the places as diverse as the city itself - from oil barons to art cars!
Have you listened to the Fugitive Voices Podcast? Check out the Season Two Premiere on Spotify!
More events with SFK author T.M. Brown!
T.M. Brown has several author events in Georgia next month!
  • December 4, 5-9 p.m. at Corner Arts Gallery, Newnan GA - promoting the Local Author Book Nook on South Court Square
  • December 5, 12-4 p.m. Horton's Books and Gifts, Carrollton GA - book signing during the annual Adamson Square Open House for Christmas
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In Case Y'all Missed It

The New Southern Fugitives is proud to announce our Best of the Net nominations for 2020!

We nominated these pieces for Best of the Net back in October, but we wanted to wait until our “Best Of” issue to announce them alongside our Pushcart Prize nominees. Thanks to all who have waited patiently for the past several weeks, and don’t forget to check out our Pushcart Prize nominees, as well!

Calls for Submissions
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$15/page of prose, min $45, max $105
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$40 per photograph or piece of visual art
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