Sometimes, no matter how great a writer’s talent, a story deflates through emotional turbidity. It wintles short of being elemental. Of being deemed necessary reading by our creative peers.
Yet there is something to be celebrated about Steven J. Dine’s novella: ‘The Harder it Gets the Softer We Sing’, published in Black Static, Issue 63. There is a quiet energy that draws you. Above all the action and alluring mystique we find tend to find in pulp fiction, it enthralls through its use of symbolism and ‘second story.’ Reading it through twice, the words audibly wrangle, signaling to readers that they’re mere guiding marks to the raw crux of the tale being told: a story filled with pain and self abandonment...
For this interview, I reached out to Internationally acclaimed author, Kevin J. Anderson, to talk about his short fiction, how he got started publishing professionally and how he tames the writing monster.
Besides an impressive career, which includes writing in the expansive worlds of the Star Wars EU, X Files and the Dune Series, KJA has helped create many other fictional worlds . He's published around 150 short stories, has worked on comics, graphic novels and anthologies, and has produced his own novel-sized adventures such as his sequel space opera trilogy, The Saga of the Seven Suns.
To discover more, scroll down to read the interview and 'The Dark Between the Stars' Feature. For more fantastic fiction by Kevin J Anderson, you can follow him on Twitter @TheKJA, like the official Facebook Page, Kevin J. Anderson, or contact him through his publishing website wordfire.com
Published by Tor Books; Cover art by Stephen Youll