Today we welcome Jennifer Cie on the Down on the Other Street (Volume Two) blog tour. I asked Jennifer a couple of questions about short story writing, which she kindly answered, and she’s also offering the chance for one reader to win an e-copy of the book. You can enter by clicking on the Rafflecopter widget below.
Q: Jennifer, there’s definitely an art to writing an effective short story. What do you love about short storytelling?
A: With short stories you can jump right into the thick of it without answering any questions. I absolutely love that. When you’re reading a short story you take that reality without having the expectation of a background explanation that you’d normally get in a novel or novella. There is so much freedom in having that kind of mystery. I think, for me, that’s greatest part about writing short stories.
Q: Of all the short stories you’ve written, do you have a favorite? If so, which is it and what makes it your favorite?
A: Ah, you know, I honestly can’t answer that. I haven’t really thought about it—how about I tell you about my favorite from this volume.
While I love all of the stories, I had some of the most fun working on “Thirty-Two Degrees Fahrenheit and Below”. Using to use the Occupy Movement as a backdrop, we get to follow the protagonist’s journey of self-discovery; which is a testament to how hard it can be to peel back the layers that can keep you from embracing your identity, and how taking on that new beginning isn’t always easy. Also, I love the fact that the major characters are women—which is probably why it may or may not be my favorite.
Blurb: Scars dripping over broken skin and whispers silenced, there can be no point of return. Wrapped in the ripples of warm waters, staring down at unkempt mountains, Stefanie can feel the thrum of the old world’s song. The first conversation, stained into ceramic cups and shadows in the night, gave birth to the last confession. Before metal bars clanged shut or chanting grew quiet, there was the woman with the violet smile. Somewhere in the gaggle of exposed bodies, worn cassettes and children’s fairy tales, he is waiting for the red coat. Woven together through trials of sexuality, political dissonance, and self-discovery, this heady collection of six short stories examines who we become after finding love.
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
About the Author: Jennifer Cie is a Tennessee native who loves taking aimless road trips and diving into social issues through her writing. A fan of poorly playing tennis, using snail mail, and longing for the return of Brach’s Red Twist, when she is not indulging her guilty pleasure of taste testing whiskey and low grade tequila—for science, you can find her rambling about poor life decisions, book formatting, and everything in between on her blog journeytopaperback