Steph Cha—the author of the excellent Follow Her Home and Beware Beware—asked me to respond to these questions in a post of her own answering these questions. So here are responses to these questions:
What are you working on?
(a) I am in the process of editing (and submitting) a large number of short stories that have taken a back seat to Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky over the last few years. Some are brand new, written in the year since the novel was accepted for publication, and some are older, scraps of ideas that never much went anywhere, but which suddenly seem exciting and interesting me again.
(b) I am also working through the initial draft of my second novel. It began as one of the aforementioned short stories. I really liked the characters and have just kept going with it and I am enjoying exploring their lives. I don’t really want to say too much—talking about what I’m writing before it is finished always makes me second guess myself—but I’m pretty excited about it. It has more people and more lives and more voices than AOoCK and I hope that, in the end, it is a wide and generous novel.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t know.
Why do you write what you do?
If you mean: Why do you write fiction? The answer is: I enjoy telling stories. If you mean: Why do you write about people in small towns? The answer is: I probably won’t forever, but at this stage of my career, I feel that there is a lot of great opportunity for storytelling about small towns. If you mean: Why do you write real flowery and all? That’s just how I like prose to sound.
These are just the people that appear to me.
How does your writing process work?
I listen to loud music and look at things around me and try to write everything down without thinking about it too much.
via The Huffington Post.
David Connerley Nahm’s debut novel, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, published by Two Dollar Radio, is moving and haunting, lyrical and ever so strange (in a good way). It revisits the way we tell the stories, and how we believe them and let them move us through the world. Set in a small town in rural Kentucky, the novel also explores with rhythmic poeticism the potential for beauty in the…
Devin Kelly interviewed me for LUMINA. He asked really thoughtful questions and I hope that my answers were worthy of them.