More recently, his novels have been published in the US by a small fiction imprint
specializing in quality literary fiction, and by No Exit Press in the UK.
He lives in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters.
Your novels have been described as bleak and dystopian. Why do you choose to write about humanity at its lowest ebb? If I had to venture a guess, it would be that fiction deals with lives in crisis, and crisis is rarely a pleasant experience. Am I close?
specializing in literary fiction. Do you see yourself as a crime writer, or a writer of literary novels? Or
maybe just a writer?
Lynne: What process works best for you? Do you plan everything out in detail, chapter by chapter, or do you start writing and let it run? Do you know how a novel will end when you start writing?
succeed in capturing the feel of the place: the slow pace of life, the laconic people whose emotions run deep, the overriding sense of 'oldness'. But to what extent do you have to research or imagine the specific locations, like Russell's father's home, and the women's shelter? Or are they based on places you know?
create place and atmosphere in an emotional way.
characters. I think it’s only natural that traits of people and your own experiences will subconsciously find their way into the art you create, but I’m making them up for the most part.