I believe in the healing power of food. No great spark of revelation there. After all, I did graduate at the top of my class from culinary school. Okay, not the tippity-top but in the top three--you should've seen my final exam--we blew the budget on wine and enough foie gras to make a glutton sweat fat for a year. Would've made the top slot at graduation if chef didn't have it in for me, that French hardass. I think he caught me and some of the other guys in checks and clogs checking out his wife when she wore this---well, let's just days the outfit was breathtaking. Those boots were not just made for walking, if you catch my shimmy.
When writing these days the fuel for me is simple. What I typically power up with is coffee and good French bread. Strong bitter tea is a good substitute for the coffee but only if it's so bitter the back of my throat feels like its been scraped with a golf shoe. Somehow strong coffee and bread combo (the classic French breakfast staple) just powers me through almost any reluctance to hit the keyboard. Not too much coffee that I become snappy and irritable. Anyway, just more blog b.s. from this jerk as I'm waiting for the coffee to brew.
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.