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  • Author Q&A with Chuck Palahniuk
    story The real problem is that book publishers despise sequels even more than they do short story collections There s usually some attrition between the original and a sequel so publishers always expect the latter to sell fewer copies Thus unless the original sells ten million copies publishers are dead set against any sequels My publisher has refused to offer me a contract for sequels to my novels Rant and Beautiful You Perhaps some day those books will sell enough copies to warrant a sequel Litro The Fight Club sequel will be a series of ten comics is that right Why did you decide to revisit these characters and what made you choose comic books as the medium Chuck It s been a decades long effort but both the book and film of Fight Club have become classics A sequel in either form would be compared directly to the original and naturally suffer The novel and film have had a long head start to engender their audiences Therefore to launch the sequel on a level playing field I chose the graphic novel because it s a third medium Plus it s a collaborative effort much larger than a novel but smaller than the army needed to make a movie I get to be a student and learn from people artists editors colourists letterers who are the best in their fields With luck my novel Rant will become a film soon and I can begin work on a graphic novel sequel to it My fingers are perennially crossed Chuck Palahniuk s novels include the bestselling Snuff Rant Haunted Lullaby and Fight Club which was made into a film by director David Fincher Diary Survivor Invisible Monsters and Choke which was made into a film by director Clark Gregg He is also the author of the non fiction profile of Portland Fugitives and Refugees and the non fiction collection Stranger Than Fiction He lives in the Pacific Northwest About Dan Coxon Dan Coxon is the Magazine Editor for Litro co uk and the author of Ka Mate Travels in New Zealand He lives in London where he spends his spare time looking after his two year old son Jacob His writing has most recently appeared in Salon The Portland Review Neon Gutter The Weeklings The Nervous Breakdown Spartan and the Ben Tanzer edited anthology Daddy Cool Find more of his writing at www dancoxon com or follow him on Twitter DanCoxonAuthor Mail Web More Posts 24 Comments comments Prev The Night I Got Lost on the Way Home From China Next What Good Looks Like Related Posts Abdelkader Benali Dutch Short Story Writer Adam Thorpe Poet Playwright and Novelist After the Apocalypse Going Underground in Hugh Howey s Wool Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016

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  • Litro #140: Diaries Archives - Litro Magazine
    In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free

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  • A Flash of Inspiration: "Grass" by Christina Sanders
    acceptance We understand why she crawls in the grass and dirties her nails because we have been on the journey with her We know exactly how she feels Christina on writing Grass Christina Sanders Jen The second person point of view is not one you often encounter as a reader Why did you opt for this point of view in Grass Is it a point of view you use often Christina I didn t consciously write in the second person The story felt to me like opening a door and standing side by side with someone to point out the view naming all the hills lakes and valleys in my role as a dispassionate observer The second person is an interesting POV to use as it is strong immediate and intimate The reader becomes complicit from the beginning This closes the space between the reader and writer but also allows room for interpretation so I found it rather liberating Jen I loved the structure of Grass the shifts in the time from one moment to the next It really gave me a sense of a whole lifetime having passed before my eyes within a very short space of time Did you set out to construct the story this way I can imagine it would have been quite difficult to compress so much into such a short piece Christina I usually write much longer stories With Grass I set out to narrate a life in under 1 000 words I wanted to condense the narrative to as few images scenes as possible to give a sense of time passing and allow the characters to be defined by the drama I was thinking visually when I started writing it using the Saturday Guardian to create a kind of fictitious collage the way we are served ideas of how life should look on one page then shown the reality on another The Talking Head s song Once in A lifetime was also in the mix Jen The title is very intriguing Can you tell us a little about that Christina I d love to say I had all sorts of clever notions about this universal self seeding grass on the other side is always greener etc However it was originally and unimaginatively called Imagine Grass came from the vision of the flame grass a presence in its right rustling a kind of chorus subtle but insistent on being heard I wanted this to give expression to the universality of the narrator s experience Jen The language in Grass is beautifully understated almost minimalist but it packs an emotional punch The final paragraph is quite lyrical and stands slightly apart in terms of its tone from the rest of the story I liked this It made the final scene very powerful for me as if I was also becoming aware of time passing and the essential essence of things the dirt the dust How conscious of this were you Christina Ah the difficult last

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  • Author Q&A with Colin Barrett
    even if you don t consider yourself so you are I m going to repeat myself and make it sound like I have some sort of cognitive impairment but I don t think about it Practically speaking reading other writers had more of an influence on Young Skins than any of my own personal experiences and the majority of those other writers were not Irish But of course the book is infused with and practically seeping Irishness How could it not Litro To what extent do you think aspiring writers make their own luck What advice would you give to a wannabe writer to improve their luck Colin You have no control over how your work is received You have only limited control on whether it is seen in the first place that is published you can t legislate for the possibility that the day your work is lifted off an submission editor s desk is the day the intern is nursing a hangover and an incorrigible grudge against pieces written in the second person singular What you have control over is the work itself Working on it until it is as near to correct as you can get it Write and read as much as possible And rewrite and reread Get deep into the structures of the things your own work and the work of people you admire Word counts mean nothing But keep writing Write steadily whenever you get the chance Keep coming back as they say in AA The shittiest page of cliché and typo ridden dross is still worth more than the most pristine page of unwritten prose The more I practice the luckier I get said apparently some golfer guy Now granted all he did was wear plaid Dadwear and hit small dimpled white balls into holes in the ground all day but the principle I find is sound Litro Which writers are you reading at the moment Who has inspired you most Colin Writers I ve discovered fairly recently include multiple short story volumes by Joy Williams Jayne Anne Phillips and a collection Night Soul by the novelist Joseph McElroy I mean they ve all had long careers and published a raft of critically acclaimed books but to me they are new discoveries The work I ve found I ve really liked James Joyce Paul Muldoon David Foster Wallace Flannery O Connor and Denis Johnson are overall the writers who each likely prompted the most crucial transitions in my writing Litro And finally what can we expect to see from you next Colin More short fiction Longer fiction Colin Barrett was born in Canada and grew up in Ireland Young Skins a collection of short stories is his first book In 2014 he won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature the Frank O Connor International Short Story Award and is shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award About Dan Coxon Dan Coxon is the Magazine Editor for Litro co uk and the author of

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  • Litro #139: No Such Luck Archives - Litro Magazine
    Litro 139 No Such Luck This category contains 12 posts Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those

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  • A Flash of Inspiration: "Think of Icebergs" by Tania Hershman
    get a first draft down before my Picky Editor wakes up and starts to say Wait hang on wha Jen Why did you choose to open the story with dialogue Tania To follow on from the above I didn t consciously choose to do anything this is how the story came out For me fiction starts with voice with character and this story started with this voice The opening line told me a lot that there were two people talking to each other I love using I and You I have a lot of stories written in these voices I learned it from reading Ali Smith s short stories To me it feels incredibly intimate like we the readers are standing in that tiny space between two people So I started with dialogue because that s what I heard first and that was my way in to finding out what was going to happen in this story Jen The imagery in this piece is very vivid those businessmen swooping like birds and the pampered old ladies with their little dogs I was immediately transported into the world of the Grand Hotel How do you come up with such imagery It s slightly poetic Tania I remembered while thinking about these questions that I had a specific hotel in mind the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv I used to live in Israel and as a technology journalist went to quite a few conferences at the Hilton Obviously it being the Middle East it was often extremely hot outside but the minute I stepped into the hotel lobby the world changed the climate altered I love sitting in hotel lobbies and watching people pass by As to the slightly poetic thank you Something I ve understood now that I am writing things I do actually call poems is that flash fiction for me has been the gateway the safe passage towards poetry I was frightened by poetry by line breaks by the weight attached to the form in general so flash fiction these tiny compressed word blocks allowed me to sneak towards poetry to get a little poetic without committing Now that I am writing poems I see how it is a completely different process for me anyway These flash stories are flash stories not poems without line breaks Each has different needs and different aims I am enjoying writing poems because I can get away with less narrative if I want to and because I can use the shape of the words on the page to do something more Jen The two central characters are very vulnerable given the world they inhabit but I found them hopeful There is a sense that their humanity the very fact that they care for one another would help them through their adversity and may even signal that all is not lost Were you aware of this This hope within the darkness Tania I am so glad you said this because I do worry that

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  • In Conversation with Marc Pastor | Litro Lab Podcasts
    the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper

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  • Author Q&A with Jeff VanderMeer
    having a partner who s also involved in the publishing industry How much do you influence each other s projects Jeff My wife Ann is the only person with whom I can discuss my fiction while I m writing it Anyone else and I never finish that piece of fiction So throughout writing the Southern Reach trilogy we would go out on the porch with a glass of whiskey and we d talk out certain scenes If I was at all stuck I d just explain the situation and the characters involved and Ann would give her opinion about what might work or what reactions didn t make sense She was invaluable in that way as I could fix things before I even wrote the scenes in question And she bounces things off of me on her editing projects asking me to read stories for example that she s considering Although to be honest the last couple of years it s been more one sided in terms of me going off to finish these novels and she taking work off of my plate on jointly edited anthologies Litro What music art TV film whatever is exciting you right now Jeff I m pretty high on a lot of series like Orphan Black Masters of Sex Mad Men Rectify first season Justified first five seasons among others I haven t seen many movies of late to be honest I ve mostly been reading mainstream lit Evie Wyld s awesome So is David Peace Deborah Levy s latest collection I like a lot Smith Henderson s Fourth of July Creek is a stunning first novel Lee Rourke s Vulgar Things I find pretty interesting so far I also finally read Margaret Atwood s Oryx Crake and loved it So you ve caught me at a time when I ve been pretty well immersed in some great non speculative fiction One thing I would say that disappoints me about the less outstanding fiction I ve read a lack of understanding of our current perilous condition That s either near future SF that ignores global warming to some extent or mainstream literature that ignores that we live in a science fictional future right now Which is to say we are undergoing a kind of slow collapse and crisis right now but much literary fiction could as easily have been written 30 years ago with a few changes in the kind of phones being used You just would have no clue about the modern experience from these novels and maybe that makes them more universal in the long run but it makes them less relevant in the here and now Granted it s probably worse that a lot of future SF is so escapist or bereft of being willing to deal with our present either Indeed Oryx Crake despite being written a decade ago strikes me as still fiercely relevant to our current situation which is a rare thing Litro Do you have any deep

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