Category: Interviews and Q and A

Remick and Ray interview Max Everhart

We interviewed Max Everhart in January, 2016. Quick facts about Max: Mystery novelist (Camel Press, Seattle); blogger and reviewer of fine writing; writing instructor; lives in South Carolina. Has a sense of humor and an excellent command of the English language. R&R: Why do you write about baseball? I grew up playing baseball. I could hit a curveball and turn a double play long before I could read or write, so the sport was bled into me, almost entirely by my dad. I like baseball now, all these years later, for some of the same reasons I like writing: it’s difficult, and time-consuming, and frustrating, but rewarding, too. R&R: Would you layout your technique for writing a novel? I write a very generalized summary of the novel’s action first, about a page purely about plot, and that gets the ball rolling. Then I write detailed character sketches of all the major and minor characters. There’s always way more information in these than I will ever use, but I have to do it. Then, I get poster board and write out descriptions of every scene in the book; I number these as if they were going to be shot for a movie. Then comes the important part: I panic. I think, why bother? You’ll never finish this, you suck as a writer, a person, and you deserve to die alone....

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Remick and Ray Interview Larry Crist

We interviewed Larry Crist in July, 2015 R&R: What is a poetic line? I don’t know. Is this a trick question? R&R: All right. If you don’t care to go there, how do you react to poetry that seems to be just broken prose? Far easier to generalize or determine proper prose from the poetic. When I’m taking liberties with punctuation and breaking up a line, for meaning or aesthetics, I’m more than likely trying to indicate that this is a poem—if any nudge of my intent is not clear. I’ve never had any formal poetics. I am guilty of making up my own rules, and what I most often hear back is that my poems are little stories—sudden fiction with odd or unorthodox punctuation. R&R: What’s wrong with American poetry now? Is it dying as some say? Who says? Poetry is absurdly popular. Maybe that’s its problem. Everybody writes it, nobody reads it—well I do, and I know others who claim to. One thing I’d point out is that I think there are a lot of wannabe writers out there with limited or diminishing publishing opportunities, aside from what maybe one just posts or publishes on their own. In another life (or time period) I would mostly write novels. I have a pal who would make a living as a movie reviewer, another who has aspirations of being...

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Remick and Ray Interview Star Coulbrooke

Star Coulbrooke is responsible for Helicon West, a bi-monthly open readings/featured readers series in Logan, Utah. Her poems appear in journals such as Poetry International, Redactions: Poetry and Poetics, and Sugar House Review. Her poetry chapbook, Walking the Bear, published by Outlaw Artists Press, is a tribute to the Bear River. Star directs the Utah State University Writing Center and lives in Smithfield with her artist partner and their two heeler-mix mutts.   She was recently appointed Poet Laureate in Logan, Utah. We interviewed Star in April and May, 2015. Her poem Aerobics by God  is at the end of this interview along with two youtube urls to Star in performance. R&R: You’re now Poet Laureate at USU. What’s your reward? What are your duties? What’s my reward as poet laureate of Logan, Utah, and what are my duties. It will take a bit of background to get to the “reward,” in which the duties play a part. As the first-ever poet laureate of Logan Utah, I’m inside a story I never would have written for myself, not because I didn’t want it (I do), but because it was so unlikely. I’m a farm girl from Idaho who left my family’s culture and religion at eleven (when my dad died and I could stay home from church without getting the butter paddle), and who without walked out of high school the day I turned sixteen. As with...

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Remick and Ray Interview Sherry Decker

We interviewed Sherry Decker in September, 2014. She has just signed a contract for her novel Hypershot.  R&R: Congratulations on your Hypershot deal. Decker: Thank you. I’m very happy about this. It happened the way I always assumed it would, by total surprise.  R&R: When did you start writing Hypershot? Decker: In the late eighties, about three months before I met you at Louisa’s, (Tio’s Bakery back then wasn’t it)? I wanted to apply to your fiction writing class at the U.W. and that required sending you a minimum number of pages. I had just written the first thirty pages of Hypershot, so that’s what I submitted. Thinking back to that early manuscript, I’m amazed you accepted me into your class. R&R: When did you finish?  Decker: The first time? It’s been rewritten and revised so many times that question is difficult to answer. I thought it was done when I sent it to Richard Curtis, my agent in New York. Especially after he read it and liked it, and decided to represent me. That was August 15, 2011. R&R:  We like to cluster questions. So here are a few: What genre is Hypershot? Is it science fiction? Urban fantasy? Dystopian? Decker: I like what Ray Bradbury said about his Martian Chronicles: “I don’t write science fiction,” he said. “Science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal....

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