Jason Sandberg is a Fine Artist who also wants to produce the “missing books” from his childhood, the books he wished he had. He answered our questions about his writing as well as his most recent story, Candy and the Cankersaur.
Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
Storytelling is a fundamental aspect of human nature. Humans pass along knowledge and culture through story and myth. Lessons and greater truths are memorable when they’re wrapped in a good story. Boredom is also unique to human nature; we crave entertainment and distraction from woe.
Sharlene Almond, author of the thriller Initiated to Kill, answer our questions.
Tell us about yourself.
I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my two dogs. Although I have had training in Beauty and Spa therapy, editing, journalism, animal behaviour, photography, criminology and counselling; my main interest lies in writing novels. This allows me to explore and learn about other eras and countries, creating characters that have deep-rooted flaws, but use them to achieve their end goal.
What’s the one writing prize I really don’t want to get? The Bad Sex in Fiction award, offered every year by Britain’s Literary Review “for the most egregious passage of sexual description in a work of fiction.”
It’s not like I’ve yet been in extreme danger of receiving this honor. My sex scenes are not of the anatomical and bodice-ripping sort. I don’t even write in genres such as romance.
I write contemporary fiction, with some works a bit more in the literary fiction realm than others. But that doesn’t put me out of the danger zone. If anything, now that I think about it, I’m right in the bull’s eye. My stories focus on relationships, and many are romantic relationships. In order to properly build these relationships, sex has to make its grand entrance at one point or another.
March Madness has begun! In Shelf Pleasure world that means reading as many books as you can in a week. Who has time for basketball?! Here are the new releases we’re adding to our list this week.
Vanishing Girl by Lauren Oliver
Two sisters, one life-changing accident. No one was closer than sisters Dara and Nick. But when an accident leaves Dara’s face scarred for life, the relationship between the two sisters becomes estranged.
My nightstand is an amalgam of utility and sentimentality: its interior is stuffed with yellow legal pads and pre-sharpened pencils, and its flat mahogany surface – though occasionally tidy – is typically overrun by drained coffee mugs and lavender candles, knotted-up headphones and an ever-changing pile of slim paperback novels.
Most of us writers are voracious readers. And man, do we love our characters and our authors. From day one, right? From the moment when the word “LOOK” (for those of us who began our reading careers with Dick, Jane and Sally) first clicked in our brains and we lit up like little Christmas trees, to last night when we cuddled in bed with our newest favorite crush. (For me it’s Miranda July and last week it was Atul Gawande.) So what happens when we have to lower the boom? Breaking up is hard to do.