The Next Big Thing is a writer interview series that is getting a lot of buzz this year. Itâ€™s a sort of â€œpay it forwardâ€ interview series providing readers with an ever-growing series of discussions about writers and their works. Â It offers an inside view of our process, our passions, our efforts to create our best work.
I was asked to participate by the founder of the Eludia Award for Fiction and the Hidden River Writers in Philadelphia: Debra Leigh Scott. Debra is the author of Other Likely Stories and is working on a documentaryâ€”but in todayâ€™s interview, she talks about her most recent project: Piety Street, a novel being published this year by New Door Books.
â€œReaders who like entering into an entire world and staying there, discovering a variety of powerful characters, experiencing mystery, struggle, injustice, crime, and ultimate resolution and redemption, will love Piety Street. Itâ€™s filled with everything found in my beloved New Orleans: mysticism, magic, spirituality, passion.Â And all of that is blended with historical events: the great immigrations of Sicilians to New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century, the sweep of death caused by the 1919 influenza pandemic, the great flood of 1927 that destroyed large areas of New Orleans â€“ much like the more recent Katrina.â€
Check out Debraâ€™s full interview today, and come back next Friday to see mine!
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Eric D. Goodman, Books Correspondent
Eric’s column, Lit Bit, is published regularly to Gather Essentials: Books.Â Featuring bits on writing, writers, books, and literature, Lit Bit will fulfill your literary longings.
Learn about Eric’s full-color, hardcover childrens’ book Flightless Goose.
His second novel, Womb, is with his literary agent.
As a full time writer and editor, his work has appeared in a number of periodicals, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Review, San Francisco Book Review,Writers Weekly, Barrelhouse, Potomac Review, Sacramento Book Review, The Arabesques Review, The Pedestal Magazine, The Potomac, JMWW, Freshly Squeezed, Scribble, Slow Trains, Barrelhouse, Whatever Literary Journal, Smile Hon Youâ€™re In Baltimore, Read Street, On Stage Magazine, Four-Cornered Universe, To Be Read Aloud, Neck of My Guitar, Travel Insights, Coloquio, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire, and New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers.
Listen to Eric read his fiction on NPR: