A while ago I met a writer who's first novel I enjoyed although it was somewhat of a chore to finish. Anyway, I introduced myself and asked the novelist a couple of questions about his book and his approach to character and setting. My earnestness was snubbed but I shrugged off my hurt as my own petty pride getting in the way again. It wasn't as if I was holding up the line at a book signing or he had anything terribly pressing (looked bored actually and aimless). Could've been his personality or maybe he was having a bad day, but his response did put me off from reading his second book. Well the other day I saw he had a new one one shelves and reluctantly I started reading. Great hook, explosive opening, and all mysteries revealed in the first fifty pages...the rest of the novel was cruise control and character detail. It was a complete departure from his earlier novels, less meaty...it almost seemed as if he took a course in thriller writing or was paying homage to another writer I used to dig before he became boring and ham-fisted with self righteousness.
So, I checked the first book and what do you know...hunch confirmed. His voice and style had changed completely. More marketable? Perhaps.
When everything tastes like chicken, do you crave the unusual? A bowl of peppers and pineapple? Drums and opera?
Maybe it's all this rain....
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.