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 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 Writing Struggle: Pounding Sand Edition

To park ideas, to save, to file. I'm kind of all over the place with this-- post its, magazine inserts scratched with cryptic pen, newspaper clippings, napkins...maybe open a Word doc. and jot down some ale-adled opening lines...yeah, yeah, yeah...I've read interview pieces and talked with the writers who are meticulously organized, who keep vast note books with scraps of dialogue, descriptions, storyboards, etc. like a bunch of hived up mad scientists working on bridges to the 22nd Century. Often I've tried to emulate them, but I always, without question, fail. I just can't do it and eventually all the scraps I save end up in the can. Most of the time I find the mental jetsam I once thought was so organically cool turns out to be as dull as a bag of cold sewage. I don't think I'm alone here. Maybe is why I've always loved playing without a net.