The Holler, is a fictional collection of 24 tales of murder and mayhem set in Appalachia. Most have a twisted tone and some are flash fiction. It has been called “a demented chorus.” Actually a couple of the stories were fantasy related. Think of this collection as a surreal sampler.
Tell us something about yourself.
I have lived in several states. My husband and I along with our three children moved to Kentucky from Memphis in 1990. Often I tell people it was like Green Acres, but our sitcom would be with middle class city folks. I love the Appalachian subculture.
Writing for me began during my children’s naptimes about 1988. I read to them constantly so my writing evolved from their fantasy books. I also wrote huge amounts of poetry and had little trouble getting it published. Perhaps that is why I like short short stories. That craft evolved from writing poems with a minimalist style. Also I sketch and paint with watercolors. I teach art part-time and have a studio nearby.
What inspired you to write this book?
My first short story collection, All Roads Lead to Hazard, was very autobiographical. My mother had died in 2007. I wrote that book to pay tribute to her struggles and mine. Then quite magically I guess, I began writing surreal fiction. It was definitely turning over a new leaf for me. I retired from teaching in 2007 also. By 2009, I was ready to write some wacky fiction. Parts of Appalachia are still very remote and I could envision some people living in a delusion or even nightmare out there.
How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?
At Red Bud Writers Row held at Union College last year, I met Lynn Tincher, a Blackwyrm author. She suggested I send my work to them and they said I was a good fit for their alternative fiction line. I can’t say enough good things about the support they have provided me.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. My daughter is sending them to me as she finishes these.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
Neil Gaiman, Ursula LeGuin I like for the fantasy. I like Jane Smiley and Kentucky Author Silas House for their incredible storytelling. Just finished reading, The Shack, and loved it!
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
More bizarre tales have come to mind and I’m thinking of doing a horror poetry collection and a Return To The Holler sequel. My current focus is on a string of haunted port-a-potties. You never know what I’ll put on paper.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Short stories are a perfect match for today’s on-the-go culture. They are nice escapes for your reader. If you don’t want to put all your literary eggs in one basket, try writing short fiction instead of novels. Sooner or later you will invent a character you want to come back and develop further. I have one like that and her name is Ruth.
What are you doing to promote your new book?
I was named an author guest of honor at a regional scifi/fantasy/horror convention where I met with fans/signed books/and read for a video. Upcoming book signings and author panels are lined up at multiple bookstores. Finally, I’ll also be reading from my horror collection at some area
libraries around Halloween time.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
I have a blog at www.hazardgal.blogspot.com My book can be ordered at www.blackwyrm.com Find me on Facebook under Marge B. Fulton. Thanks for the spotlight here. Get a taste of country chaos and read, The Holler.