One of the things that seem to be the hardest for writers to master is the ability to slash away the excess. I've grown comfortable with this. I used to save large chunks of writing that I whittled away, thinking I'd use them in some future section or story. Then I wised up and kissed the trimmings goodbye. Takes faith sometimes, but I remind myself to JUST TELL THE DAMN STORY. Question: How much have you sent to the round file? And that guy on the left, that's me doing the safety dance.
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.