Edward, 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?
Ed Ahern started writing fiction at sixty-seven, and poetry at seventy, after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He sometimes detours into literary fiction but is best known as an innovative poet and genre writer. He’s tucked away several awards and honourable mentions for over two hundred fifty published poems and short stories, and six books. They’ve appeared 750 times in ten countries and, counting reprints, over two hundred publications. Several of his stories can be listened to through Audible.
In addition to writing, Ed’s been abusing other writers for several years at Bewildering Stories, where he serves on the review board and manages a posse of six review editors. Ed is an active member of several writing groups, including the Fairfield Scribes, and the Poets’ Salon, where he’s known for his tough-love comments.
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?
I am receiving two Connecticut Press Club first prizes on September 30th for two books of poetry: Dirty Handed Graspings, a chapbook, and Irregular Images, a poetry collection. I’ve just received third prize (and $100) for a short story, “The Library in White Cedar”, and a bunch of other stuff: I’m hoping to complete a novel, The Will of the Wisp, by year end. I average three or four poems and two stories a month.
This year has presented a lot of challenges for many of us. Instead of discussing those, what are some of your 2020 highlights?
I was honoured that Kestrel, our first grandchild, asked on her twenty-second birthday and graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, that I write her a poem about what to expect in future. She liked it a lot, which was my reward, and it’ll also be published in October.
Thanks for chatting with me, Edward, and sharing a bit about yourself and your work. You’re certainly an inspiration – especially to ones who feel they may have left their runs too late (at 50, like me!). Thank you also for sharing the lovely story about your gift to Kestrel.
You can find more out about Edward Ahern here:
Much of what he’s written can be read for free on bewilderingstories.com under the authors’ link.
Edward’s story “Digging up the Dead” appears in Trickster’s Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not!