Hi Liam, thank you for joining us. Can you tell us about who you are and also about your writing: for example, what genres and themes do you write in and about, and is there anything that has influenced your choices?
My dark Drabble, “Drowning”, is inspired by a painting at the Tate Britain by Frederic Leighton.
https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/leighton-and-the-sea-gave-up-the-dead-which-were-in-it-n01511 Apparently, it was considered too dark for the original commission, (AKA “unsuitable for a Christian church”). So yes, I tend to write on the darker side, where there are, allegedly, cookies. But really, that’s no surprise. Story writing is a lot about conflict, which is why a genuine Utopia is so rarely written. And such darkness, even at times like this, tends to be mostly speculative. And my attention span is not… what was I saying? Ah yes, it seems inevitable that I write dark, speculative, short stories, and who am I to deny the hand of destiny? (I just have to keep ignoring the people who ask if I’ve written a novel yet. La-la-la… I’m not listening!)
Can you tell us a bit about your publications and writerly highlights, and what else we can look forward to seeing from you in the future?
This time of the year is always pretty good for writers of dark speculative tales. I’ve recently been published in Crone Girls Stories We Tell After Midnight 2 and AMInk’s Shadowy Natures, I have a Frankenstein-based story in audio form due out on Gallery of Curiosities, and another spooky tale of Hide and Seek scheduled with 34 Orchard. I’m also pretty stoked that I have a second short story forthcoming in Analog, alas, I don’t yet know when, it might not be until next year!
This year has presented a lot of challenges for many of us. Instead of discussing those, what are some of your 2020 highlights?
2020 is going to break all sorts of records, and not all in a bad way. Most submissions and most submitted words are the more easily tracked ones (yes, I too can use Excel.) But that’s just writer admin, if you like. I’m just about on course to meet the goals I set for words written this year, so there are plenty of stories in the pipeline for the immediate future, if I can just convince publishers to do the right thing!
Where can we find out more about your work, Liam?
If you want to see everything I have published in one place, try https://happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.com/ If you just want to connect and see them as they come out, I’m a moderately active doomscroller on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LiamJHogan
Thanks, Liam. Sounds like we’ll see a bit of your work next year. Looking forward to it.
Liam’s story “Drowning” appears in Trickster’s Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not! , a charity anthology in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.