Awkward Two, a collection of 33 micro-short stories by 25 incredible writers, will be released to the public on September 27, 2010. (You can order it right here.) Who are these incredible writers? Let’s meet ‘em! We sent the same 9 questions to all the writers. Here are their answers.
In a severe blast of good fortune, I happened to end up in an improv comedy class at the Upright Citizens Brigade with Nadja Stokes a few months ago. Note to anyone interested in improv comedy: it is really, really scary. Don’t ever do it, unless you’re a glutton for punishment. Every week I would show up at class with a pit in my stomach, terrified that this was the week I was going to be called out as the guy who wasn’t very funny. Because the people in my class were funny. Very, very funny.
One of these very, very funny people was Nadja Stokes. On the first night of class, I happened to mention that I run an independent publishing company. (Right, I just “happened to mention it.” In truth, I spend most of my conversations lying in wait like a lynx for someone to mention that they know how to read and/or write, so I can say, “Oh, really? Well, as a renowned publishing magnate, I think books are … .”) As it turns out, Nadja writes EXACTLY the kind of stuff we were looking to publish – short, hilarious, bizarre stories that get into your head and dig around in your brain stem with adamentine ferret claws (what)? I really, really love her work, and I am so proud to be able to bring it to you.
The Interview Portion
1) Why are you here?
2) What’s the best thing you’ve ever written?
For a season, a friend and I were making Mad Libs from the “erotic” stories posted in the fantasy section of Tonya Harding’s official website and some of those turned out pretty great. (more…)