3Q’s – S.P. Miskowski knocks on some dark doors!

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Hey, hey! Welcome back to another fun one!

Today’s guest is a critically acclaimed author who continues to rattle the blackness within with each and every release. I’m truly honored to introduce today’s 3Q’s guest!

Please welcome S.P. Miskowski!

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Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try to write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?

S.P.: The shape of my day varies throughout the week, but my best writing time is early morning. Before I read the news or check social media. The idea is to pick up as few bits of distracting information as possible before climbing back into the world of the story or novel.

Some writers benefit from keeping a daily word count. I don’t. For me, writing is a release from all things mundane and repetitive. A specific word count feels too much like an assignment. What works for me is content. I try to complete an arc or reach the end of a scene or chapter during a writing session.

On certain days, if I have some free time, my efforts may not be quantifiable at all. Let’s say I’m writing a novel and I’m drawn to a certain film, but I don’t know why. I screen the film and discover something not included in the synopsis, an image or a theme related to my novel. Because of this film I understand how certain elements of my story fit together. But I haven’t typed any words that day. Was the time wasted?

Steve: If you could write a story for another author’s fictional world/series, which would it be and why?

S.P.: It was an honor—and a lot of fun—to write a story for the Matthew M. Bartlett tribute anthology, Hymns of Abomination. Sending one of the characters from my series, the Skillute cycle, to Bartlett’s terrifying town of Leeds gave me a new understanding of both worlds. As you develop a background over several books, you can unintentionally lock into one way of seeing things. Placing a character in another writer’s fictional realm shakes things up. It’s great.

Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!

S.P.: In July my novella, Muscadines, became the fifth book published in Mary SanGiovanni’s Tempest Line at Thunderstorm Books. It’s a lovely limited signed edition. I’m thrilled that the book, originally published by Jordan Krall at Dunhams Manor Press, has a new life. It was a finalist for a Shirley Jackson Award the year Victor LaValle’s brilliant novella The Ballad of Black Tom won. Read it to find out how scary women can be. Every reader who thinks of women as beneficent and maternal and caring should really have that cherry popped by a book like Muscadines. Happy reading!

Direct link: https://thunderstormbooks.com/thunderstorm/book/muscadines/

Steve: Bonus Question! Do you have a cherished book?

S.P.: I have many cherished books. One is Yoko Ogawa’s collection, Revenge. It’s full of strange, gorgeously written, interconnected stories. The layering of events and characters yields this dense, almost magical world that is nevertheless grounded in reality and tinged with horror. I love it.

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Oh, very cool! Thank you so much for doing this S.P.!

For those looking to discover more work, click the links!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/S-P-Miskowski/e/B002GG88ZA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPMiskowski

Website: https://spmiskowski.wordpress.com/news/

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