KIERAN SHEA’s fiction has appeared in dozens of venues including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Dogmatika, Word Riot, Plots with Guns, Beat to a Pulp, Crimefactory, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir ...as well as in some beefy-looking anthologies most of which will make you question the tether of his shiny, red balloon. To his self-deprecating astonishment he's also been nominated for the Story South’s Million Writers Award twice without sending the judges so much as a thank you note. He co-edited the satiric transgressive fiction collection D*CKED: DARK FICTION INSPIRED BY DICK CHENEY and his debut novel KOKO TAKES A HOLIDAY is out now from Titan Books. Kieran divides his time between 38°58′22.6″N- 76°30′4.17″W and 39.2775° N, 74.5750° W.
The White Stuff
The other day I did a click-by and rediscovered Randy Wayne White's web site.
About seventeen plus years ago I was crazy about White's writing. His columns in Outside Magazine were the only reason I subscribed, and I pushed the genius of Sanibel Flats on everybody I knew. I kept telling people...this man is the coolest south Florida writer since McGuane, Brewer, and Wileford. This was back before the Web really took off, back when I was living on happy hour food and conning people into letting me sleep in their basements. I actually sat down and wrote Randy a fan letter via his publisher (not an email, not a friggin' "tweet"...a goddamn letter) along with a short story I'd written about a small time grift in NYC.
To my utter amazement, Randy wrote me back with a critique of my piece, offering solid encouragement. I still have it.
White still mentors the dreamers. On his web site I see he now offers a whole bunch of exercises for aspiring writers. Want a do-it-yourself MFA workshop? Go here.
Posted by Kieran Shea at 5/01/2009 07:40:00 AM