Our first mini interview fittingly goes to the author of our lead-in story this time around. If you haven’t checked out Britney Smith’s “Bone Daddy”, oh man. Prepare to be creeped right the hell out.
1. For those who haven’t read it yet, can you describe “Bone Daddy” in one sentence?
It’s what you would call minimalist speculative fiction: paranormal creepiness wrapped up in an urban fantasy tale.
2. Perfect. Mr. Johnny Trick is scary as hell–and actually reminds me a lot of the (in retrospect, yeah, super creepy) imaginary characters my best friend and I would invent when we were really young. Please tell us a little about where you came up with the idea for him.
I had a nightmare about him. It was one of those dreams where you’re walking through a weird combination of all the places you’ve ever lived in, in the dark of course. I felt his hot breath on the back of my neck, but I couldn’t turn around. My dream self is kind of a pussy sometimes. Anyway, when he appeared in front of me as a shadow, I woke up. I couldn’t forget that dream like I normally did. When I realized I couldn’t forget it, I had to write about it.
3. That would explain why he’s so vivid. Yikes. So what’s next for your writing, and where can we find it?
I’m selling an e-book of short stories in the fall available in as many formats as possible. I just started a tumblr for my more graphic free writing projects. It’s a new medium I’m heading into, but I think it’s going to be fun when I gain momentum.
Definitely, sounds fascinating. Thanks for humoring us with the questions, Britney, and we hope to have you back here someday soon. Everyone else — really. “Bone Daddy”. You won’t regret it, RPP guarantee.