Interview with Sara Marchant, Author of Let Me Go

Rachael Angelo here, your friend at Running Wild Press, and I am happy to introduce you to Sara Marchant with our interview today. Sara is the author of Let Me Go, which appears in our upcoming Running Wild Press Novella Anthology, available for pre-order on Amazon, (November, 2017).

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Sara Marchant, Author of Let Me GoRA: Where did your inspiration for this story come from?

SM: ‘Let Me Go’ was just an image I had of a girl walking down the empty streets of a small town. She had a broken boot heel, a toothache, and it was so hot that she wanted to cry. This image was so strong that in order to give the poor girl some relief I imagined walking into an overly air conditioned house; this image was accompanied by the scent that overly chilled air gets when you have the a/c cranked up all the way for like, days because it’s just unrelentingly hot. Then I thought, ‘well, what’s the backstory? And why? And when?’ The story just grew from that girl who popped into my head.

RA: Is there anything about your story in particular that is close to you?

SM: I think I’m more interested in the parts of the story that aren’t close to me; the parts that after I’ve let the MS sit for a few days and then come back to it, I go ‘whoa, who wrote that?’ I’ve had people say ‘I think that character is you.’ Which I think is hilarious because they are all me. I am the girl walking down the street, yes, but I am also the mean grandmother shoving the baby off her lap who ultimately drinks drain cleaner. I’m the baby on the lap. But when I read a section that I can’t remember writing but that I find really interesting, those are the days and the parts I enjoy the most.

RA: It felt like there was a lesson to be learned here about our choices, especially in Sylvie’s case with the hand she was dealt, at least what I took away from it, was that your intention?

SM: Oh gosh, I hope not. I didn’t set out to write a morality tale. I certainly didn’t mean to inspire pity for Sylvie because I don’t pity her. She’s too strong to pity. I did occasionally wish I could cut her a break, but without conflict there is no story. Sylvie was an enjoyable character to spend time with. I loved that whatever I threw at her she handled it, maybe she didn’t handle it the way society and her family and the patriarchy would prefer that young females handle things, but too damn bad, you know?

RA: Sylvie, she is definitely a tough girl and I gathered she is “troubled” but I feel as though she’s been misunderstood and given titles not support, am I correct?

SM: I think the family is troubled, not Sylvie. By titles you mean labels? The ‘bad girl’? Maybe, but I think Sylvie would say she worked really hard to earn that title and consequently be very proud of it. Which is part of her problem. Children who do not receive attention will do anything to get it, even if it’s all negative attention. Coming from a family with a history of suicide, alcoholism, and rampant selfishness on the parent’s part, I think Sylvie turned out amazingly well. And here I go getting all protective over a character I made up!

RA: The sheriff, does he actually hate Sylvie’s existence or is it more that her presence reminds him of what he feels he lost? Can you also explain the complexity of their relationship?

SM: Oh, Buddy! I love Buddy. He is such a twisted weirdo. I think Buddy would like to hate Sylvie, but can’t. He can’t because her mother was the only woman he’s ever loved and Sylvie is the only reminder he has of Polly. He can’t hate Sylvie because she looks like Polly, but is far stronger than Polly ever was emotionally and mentally, but he also resents her for those very same reasons. He also can’t hate Sylvie because he suspects he might be her biological father, in which case he bears some blame for Polly’s final descent into the depression that took her life. Plus, there’s that creepy quasi-incestuous attraction thing they have going on. Gross. But I still love Buddy.

RA: I have to ask, the Asylum there in that town, is there more to that building? I feel as though there are many stories. For example, why would the doctor release Sylvie’s mother? How was that allowed?

SM: Sylvie’s parent’s backstory was entirely inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. The doctor has a beautiful patient with whom he becomes involved, marries her and has a couple of children. By the end of the book, the supposedly insane wife has left him for another man and the doctor is an alcoholic who has lost everything. In my story, the doctor gets involved with Polly in the asylum (yes, this means he is a very bad doctor and lacks all morals). When it found that Polly is pregnant he releases her from care so that he can marry her. But she was involved with Buddy both before and after her brief hospitalization. Could this happen in real life? It probably has, it’s just not the type of ‘how we met’ story families share at Thanksgiving.

RA: Before I wrap up, I have to ask what your writing process is? With this story I am rather intrigued on what makes you pick up the pen.

SM: I don’t understand my writing process, either. I really don’t. Like I said above, with this story I had the image of a girl, who became Sylvie, walking down a hot, deserted road, and I decided to fill in the blanks. I couldn’t stop with this story until I understood why she would be outside, alone, in 112 degree weather, walking on a broken boot heel. Where was her family? Why was her boot broken? Why was she so angry? I kept writing until I answered the questions. Some people write every day, and students are always told  ‘write every day!’ like it’s some kind of law. Well, I don’t. I write when I have questions I want to answer. And this is true of both my fiction and the essays that I love to write. Luckily, I have a lot of questions. But I can tell you this: I started seriously writing when I became too old to play with Barbies. The events are linked.

the happy goat of Sara Marchant, Author of Let Me GoRA: To finish up I have one more question, can you tell us what your next project is?

SM: Thanks for asking! I’m currently doing re-writes on another novella, ‘A Driveway Has Two Sides.’ I’m developing curriculum for Pen & Paper Writing Workshops where I’ll be teaching non-fiction in January 2018. I’ve another novella in the embryo stage that’s been put on hold but it’s tickling the inside of my mind (that’s sounds creepier than I meant) with so many questions. My editing work at the resistance-themed literary magazine Writers Resist is on-going, and my latest essay will be published there soon (shameless self-promotion alert!) Life is full, and full is good.

RA: Thank you!

SM: Thanks so much!

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You can read Sara Marchant’s Let Me Go and stories by more authors in the upcoming Running Wild Press Novella Anthology, available for pre-order on Amazon. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.

Magic Forgotten by Jack Hillman

Virtual Book Tour for Magic Forgotten by Jack Hillman

Join us!

Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual Book Tour for Magic Forgotten by Jack Hillman, an urban fantasy novel available now. The tour will run October 23 to November 10 2017, and the author is available for guest post and interviews. A PDF and ePub copy of the book is available for review in conjunction with a guest post or interview.

Jack Hillman will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Tour Stops

October 23: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
October 24: Christine Young
October 25: Danita Minnis
October 26: Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
October 27: The Avid Reader
October 30: Independent Authors
October 31: The Kronicles of Korthlundia: A Window into Fantasy
November 1: Kit ‘N Kabookle
November 2: BooksChatter
November 3: Books, Dreams,Life
November 6: T’s Stuff – review
November 7: Readeropolis
November 8: Sharing Links and Wisdom
November 9: It’s Raining Books
November 10: Long and Short Reviews

Interview with Tom Rinkes, Author of Time to Quit

This is Rachael Angelo with Running Wild Press, and I am excited to be interviewing Tom Rinkes for the press today. Tom is the author of Time to Quit, which appears in our upcoming Running Wild Press Novella Anthology, available for pre-order on Amazon, (November, 2017).

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RA: Tom, please let me start by saying I enjoyed reading your story. I liked the multiple aspects from future to past and time travel mixed in. It’s intriguing to think about the conversations that took place then that we don’t know about or simple events we also don’t know of.

Thank you in advance for your time! I say let’s have some fun 🙂

A photo of author Tom Rinkes, go Pittsburgh Steelers!TR: Ready.

RA: First, tell us what inspires you both as a person and a writer?

TR: I’d say my mother. She loved to write opinion essays for her Baptist Church, and was even asked to read them at the American Baptist Conferences she was invited to. She would sit at her typewriter, write a paragraph and then read it out loud, a concept I use now when I write. I’m guessing my passion for writing was in the family DNA.

RA: Why this particular story? I find most people write with purpose. I am intrigued to know what your drive behind this one is 🙂

TR: First, let me say I’m deep into the theories of time travel. Personally, I think it’s entirely possible in our future, and may be happening today. Sometime, in 2013, I accidentally—I think—came across a picture of Lewis Thornton Powell while surfing the net. I looked hard at this man. The photo was taken in July 1865. This can’t be right, I thought. This guy could walk into any McDonald’s today and order up a Number 3, and no one would think anything about it. So, in Time To Quit, I replaced him with his nephew, five generations forward, who goes back to 1865 to stop his uncle’s murderous ways. Then, the rest just flowed.

RA: Have you always had a passion for history?

TR: Oh yes. Ever since I can remember. I was a C student at best, but I aced History Class every year. It has always fascinated me why the world keeps making the same mistakes over and over again, as if they can’t—or won’t—learn for it. I had an eighth-grade history teacher named Mr. Ayers who was fanatical about two subjects: the Civil War and the Mafia. I caught the Cosa Nostra bug from him, but not the Civil War until I started this story.

RA: Is your lineage tied to any of the characters from your story?

TR: I certainly hope not. All those involved in the multiple assassination plot were scoundrels, especially John Wilkes Booth. All my people were from Ohio and West Virginia, both Free States. If I did have any relatives who fought for the South, I wouldn’t admit it.

RA: Growing up, what was life like and what influenced you? Would you say this has shaped you as a writer?

TR: Growing up in the fifties, most of the men in my hometown either worked in the steel mills or the coal mines or services. My dad was a milkman and worked long, hard hours to make ends meet. Mom was a homemaker, and while we weren’t “dirt poor,” we didn’t have a lot of money. So, I did what most young kids do in that situation; I daydreamed of better things. I let my imagination—called by some family members as “wild-ass”—run wild whenever I could. Finally, six years ago when I retired, I decided to put it to good use. It remains to be seen if it pays off.

RA: Do you believe that things happen for a reason? For example, being able to write this story?

TR: I take Ecclesiastics literally. Everyone is appointed a time to live and a time to die. To me, that’s a birth date and a death date. Each person’s life is a Book, and at certain junctions in our lives, a new chapter opens and an old one closes. I’ve always went with my gut feelings, and something told me six years ago to start writing down all that my imagination had stored over the years. Time To Quit came easy to me because of my prior beliefs in time travel. And I’m not done yet.

RA: Are there any words of wisdom you may have for authors writing across time periods? 

TR: Three words. Do Your Research! I had a general idea of how I wanted this tale to go, but after I got into it and found out about the extended victims of the whole assassination plot, I spent many hours at Wikipedia and other Civil War sites. I needed to know a little bit about all the characters to place them in dialogue situation that would be believable to the reader. I was surprised to find the planners of this whole operation were safely—and might I add cowardly—tucked away in Toronto, Canada, and that even after the South surrendered the Knights of the Golden Circle were still financing a new plan to extend their slave empire southward. It was even rumored that Jesse James gave large amounts of the money he stole to them. Not only did I find this fascinating but I became engrossed in the subject and couldn’t wait to write more each day. This novel was an enjoyable learning experience for me.

RA: Tom, I really enjoy your answers. Thank you again for giving me some of your time! 

TR: It was my pleasure.

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You can read Tom Rinkes’ Time to Quit and stories by more authors in the upcoming Running Wild Press Novella Anthology, available for pre-order on Amazon. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.