This week I’ve been chatting with Jaysen True Blood and he has been telling me all about his book of short stories. Here’s what he has to say:
Mexican Radio and Other Short Stories is a real mix of genres, is there a running theme or style that unites each story?
Not really. I am a “stream of consciousness” writer.
This book is in two volumes, should the stories be read in order and how are the volumes different to one another?
The only stories out of order in the book are the westerns, and I didn’t realise it until after publication. Other than that, the others that are part of a series are all in order. But as a whole, the stories can be read in any order.
So let’s pick your favourite of the short stories – tell us a bit about it.
I would have to pick the title story, “Mexican Radio”. I had the silly song running through my head when I began and thought: “wouldn’t this make a great story? Then, I put the main character in the most impossible position I could-a staged prison break that he uses to his own benefit, and that of the female lead. Although there are so many excellent stories in these two books.
Who is your favourite character in all of the stories and what sets him/her above the others?
I would have to say either Fancy Marsh or Guy Marlowe. Fancy, because he carries a buffalo gun and knows how to use it, and Guy because he is fast with both guns and at cards.
What locations feature in your stories, are they based on real places?
Most of my stories could be located anywhere, except a few sci-fi, but I do mention L.A., Baton Rouge, and a few other US cities, but there is only one-the historical fiction piece-that is based solely on fact…with conjecture mixed in.
Overall how many stories feature in each volume and how big on average is each story?
Book 2 has 23 stories and the Book 1 has 14.
Who is your target audience for Mexican Radio and Other Short Stories?
Anyone who likes a good story and loves adventure, no matter where the action takes them.
So you have your favourite but is there a particular scene you can show us from any of the stories?
As I raised up out of my hiding place in the backseat, she looked in the rear view mirror. As I scooted to a position right behind her, she thrust her can of mace in my face and commenced to sprayin’. I bellered in pain and surprise. Even though she was chokin’ on the mace herself, she didn’t let up until I knocked it loose from her grasp.
“Are ya stupid?!?” I exclaimed, eyes, nose and throat burning as if I’d swallowed a match and splashed gasoline in my eyes.
(From “Mexican Radio”)
And finally what is next for Jaysen True Blood?
I have two novellas, “Bad Company” and “The Faust Syndrome”, due out in a couple months and am working on a third. I also have another collection in the works.
You can download Mexican Radio and Other Short Stories now from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mexican-Radio-Other-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B00FLL00GM/ref=la_B00IUNJWFI_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411485010&sr=1-4