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An Interview With The Super Human Heath Lowrance

L. Vera: Heath Lowrance, man of many words, at least I would hope so. It’s nice to have you here Heath.

Heath Lowrance: Thanks, L.

L. Vera: Tell me a little about how you became a writer? Was it radiation? Revenge? Standing to close to a microwave?

Heath Lowrance: I was bitten by an irradiated Harlan Ellison, and eventually learned that With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.

L. Vera: I knew it. I’ve read your story “A Freeway on Earth”, and it’s so far my favorite story in Burning Bridges. Did you specifically write this one for me?

Heath Lowrance: I wrote it for you and every other working stiff living a life dictated by an alarm clock. Really, “A Freeway on Earth” was born out of frustration with the day job, and how such a huge chunk of our lives are very jealously owned by someone else. I hate that. And I hate that I would get so anxious and nervous about being even a minute late, because the people that owned my time would read me the riot act about it.

So “Freeway” is about day job anxiety.

L. Vera: Why did you choose to get Burning Bridges together? You and Ben Sobieck were the brains behind the operation, you guys don’t have better things to do?

Heath Lowrance: It just seemed like something that needed to happen. Here’s this group of diverse and amazing writers, all with one thing in common (they’d each been burnt by an unsavory experience with a small press). They’d all crossed over a particular sort of bridge. I loved the idea that this one common experience had brought all these different sorts of writers together. Someone (I think it might have been YOU, L., but I can’t really remember) suggested, maybe half-jokingly, that we do an anthology, I seconded it, and bamm-o, next thing you know here we are. I volunteered to compile it because, you know, I only had three other projects that were way past due, why not add a fourth?

L. Vera: It may have been me. I know I’m always trying to get writers together to make our own website, but no such luck so far. I’m actually very happy this anthology happened. I have already heard lots of good things about the other writers and it was an honor to be included. Was there another writer out there that you wanted to include, that didn’t make it onto the pages of Burning Bridges?

Heath Lowrance: Well, I would’ve loved if our Nigel Bird had the time to do a story. I admire his work greatly. But despite that, I think we managed to gather up a pretty stellar list of contributors.

L. Vera: I was hoping to find him in there as well. Where will I be able to find your books and what else should expect to see you in?

Heath Lowrance: You can always hit my Amazon page. My novel THE BASTARD HAND is still available, as is my short story collection DIG TEN GRAVES. My second full-length novel, CITY OF HERETICS, is coming out soon from Snubnose Press. And there’s two or three other things coming in the next couple of months. Follow my non-award winning blog, Psycho Noir, for updates and details and what-not.

L. Vera: Heath Lowrance, an incredible writer. It was glad to have you on my blog and I hope to see more of your stuff. Till then I just started Dig Ten Graves, great so far and if others want to keep up visit Heath Lowrance’s blog and amazon page.

Heath Lowrance: Thanks for having me.

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10 responses

  1. Non-award winning blog. Ha! Oh that Heath Lowrance, he’s so funny 🙂 I loved your story too in Burning Bridges, and have used some of those same reasons for being late at my work. Looking forward to City Of Heretics 🙂

    May 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

  2. I’m interested to read your take on day-job anxiety. I often find that I can’t escape writing about work–follows me everywhere.

    May 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  3. Heath – you win a ‘McDroll’ anytime – shaped like a roadkill haggis.

    May 4, 2012 at 4:59 am

  4. Mmmm…. roadkill haggis….
    Thanks for the kind comments, friends.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

  5. lesedgerton

    Great interview with one of my favorite writers! Only problem is Heath isn’t writing fast enough!

    May 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

  6. lesedgerton

    The Bastard Hand is one of the best novels of the year… hands down.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    • Thanks for the recommendation. I also noticed you wrote a book I’ve been reading called “Hooked” which I think has helped me with many of my last short stories including “Killing Deities”. I’m only half-way through but plan on leaving a great review when I’m done. Thanks for writing such a informative book.

      May 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      • lesedgerton

        You’re very welcome! This makes my day to hear it’s helped a fellow writer in their own work. Thank you!

        May 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

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