Web Extra: An Extended Q&A With Kirby Crow

Can’t get enough of Kirby Crow’s wicked fiction? We can’t either. Have a look at the author’s extended interview from our March 2015 issue, where she discusses her new release, Hammer and Bone with RT editorial assistant Danielle Valente.

What excites you most about Hammer and Bone?

I think it was having K.J. Bishop read the book, who is an amazing writer. Kirsten is a dear person and I’m a devoted fan of her writing. She has a stunning talent for prose. To have her read Hammer and Bone and know she enjoyed it is bigger than Christmas.

You’ve written full-length novels in various genres. How did it feel to change the pace with a collection of stories?

It was exhausting. Everyone told me the short form was more difficult than writing novels, and I was like “Nah, how bad could it be?” It was utterly draining because it wasn’t just one gear switch, it was eight — the number of stories in the collection. Just the creative energy to drag your head out of one world of characters in the morning and throw it into a completely different one in the afternoon … I salute any writer who can do it.

Many of your stories contain a M/M romance. How do you hope these relationships will shape the paranormal/fantasy world?

The heroes of Hammer and Bone can only be moved by two things: love and survival. In the end, sometimes they have to choose, but love drives them to incredible acts. There are some very sinister, paranormal romance themes in the collection, a couple of speculative tales and a few have a Southern Gothic flavor. I wrote them with an ear to classic prose because I wanted to contrast these very dark tales with a lovely background. I’m not the first to do that, of course, so that’s not going to be a game-changer, but maybe I have a little hope to change what readers expect from M/M overall.

M/M has vast diversity in characters and settings, but sometimes it feels like we’re telling the same story 500 different ways. That’s the case with all storytelling, really, so it isn’t a failing. But if you think of the genre like a groove in a disk, when one author has success with that pathway, others follow, and the groove just keeps getting etched deeper. Sometimes you just feel like grabbing the needle and scratching the disk — make some new noise.

If there is one thing you want your readers to take away from your books, what would it be?

Pleasure, I think — a good memory of enjoying the story. Even when my stories aren’t light or happy, I write them to be enjoyed. I’m a storyteller, so my biggest wish is that readers will like what I do. I love writing, but I love it even more when I’m being read.

Be sure to read our review of Hammer and Bone in our upcoming April issue! And for more Paranormal fun, visit our Everything Paranormal page!

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