Chris Segura

Biography

Chris Segura has worked as a freelance and staff journalist, short-story writer and novelist on five continents. He currently lives and writes in Abbeville, Louisiana, where he was born.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Undoubtedly it is when my characters surprise me. When all alone at my computer I hear myself laugh out loud at some piece of dialogue or unanticipated twist in the narrative, I just know that it never gets any better. But by far the greatest writing experience of my life came in the early spring of 1980 on a bus returning to my quarters on the North Campus of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where I was a on year-long sabbatical via an NEH Fellowship in Professional Journalism.

I had been working on the second story in Marshland Brace (later Marshland Trinity) and was wondering just where in hell the story was actually going. It came to me freely every morning, just like the alarm clock that I never really used, waking up with the words running before any actual bells went off. I would be writing before I was fully awake. Those were the typewriter days and I couldn't hit the keys hard enough or fast enough sometimes.

It had snowed the night before and the field adjacent to our housing complex was bright white from a sunlit, cloudless sky and solid ground was knee deep. There was one stop before the turnoff to our cul-de-sac then another before the final one in front of my A-frame house against the forest where my nocturnal raccoon friends lived. Just before we reached that first stop, the unwritten balance of the story flashed through my frontal lobes like near-death experiences you sometimes read about, all the way to the last word, like a super-fast-forwarded video (DHS or Betamax in those days).

I was literally breathless. I could not wait. At the first stop I jumped down and ran as fast as my snow-boots would allow across that field, kicking a trail through the powder, pulling my house keys from my pocket as I ran. Inside I snatched up the typescript, blew through the pages like autumn leaves in a heavy wind and discovered that the whole narrative had been constructed from the very first words to set up the revelations in the final pages, all the way to the very last word which is, by the way, 'shut'. This was done totally without the active participation of my cognitive design.

Now if that happens just once more in my lifetime I will die a happy man.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am gratified by recognition, naturally. Also, I can never utter any words with more sincere honesty than 'God bless all readers!' However, at this moment of my life I am far more focused on the writing than anything else. It came as a great shock to me and some of my early supporters, especially financial backers, to discover that I had no true aptitude for self-promotion.

My greatest teacher in story-telling was my grandfather, a third-grade graduate, self-educated and self-made successful businessman with far-greater skills than mine. He sought no recognition. Had my early career been successful (there was my allotted 15 minutes of fame and also a modicum of financial return), I would never have become an 'indie'.

However, I have never been happier than now, in the writing. Smashwords.com has liberated me in a way I never dreamed. Now my readers can see exactly what I see every morning to the best of my ability to present it. Faulkner said all his books were failures because they never duplicated the magnificence of his inspiration (roughly paraphrasing), even his 'most magnificent failure' The Sound and the Fury.

I need money to feed my body but I need to act on inspiration to feed my soul. My fans nourish me, too, but I am happy enough just with the little time I am allotted just to write. Many thanks and God bless all readers.
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Books

Bayou Phantasia II
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You set the price! Words: 63,370. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Bayou Phantasia II is the second volume of twenty short stories each based on the ghostly, eerie and/or unexplained events, history and culture of the Cajun country of southwestern Louisiana. These tales will frighten, amaze and amuse you.
Bayou Phantasia I
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You set the price! Words: 62,860. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
The first twenty of forty ghostly short stories of the eerie, the macabre and the unexplained from the Cajun bayou country of southwestern Louisiana.
Bayou Christmas Memory
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Price: Free! Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
(5.00 from 1 review)
Remembrance of a magical Christmas in the Bayou country of southwestern Louisiana.
Marshland Trinity
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You set the price! Words: 155,760. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Three Louisiana stories of the Cajun experience during the 1950s told from the respective points of view of an aged trapper trapper on a pigogue chase of a mass murderer through vast marshes; an adolescent boy from a trapping, cattle-raising, farming family discovering his true place in the cosmos; and a young boy thrust into the painful ambiguities of McCarthyism and the Korean War.

Chris Segura’s tag cloud

1950s    anthropology    cajun    cajun lifestyle    catholic school    cattle idustry    drama    ethnic    fantasy    farming    ghost    history    horror    humor    korean war    marshland    mccarthyism    memoir    naturalism    occult    paranormal    trapping    voodoo