Interview with Glen A. Dodge

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember a specific story. I do remember Dr. Seuss and Richard Scarry books. Not even so much the content but the intricate pictures from Scarry and the wordplay of Dr. Seuss. And the odor of the books. The wonderful, slightly sour smell of the pages, how cool and smooth they were. I fell in love with books then. Stories came later . . .
How do you approach cover design?
I had a pretty specific idea of what I wanted for my cover which was nice, but I am not skilled in the visual arts AT ALL so I knew I'd have to find someone to work with. Then again, I work at a company that has a bunch of really cool graphic artists that work there (and that I helped hire on) Not that I forced Jacob to do the cover for me. We had worked on some intra-company promotional materials and I asked him if he'd ever done a book cover. We set a price and then I had to explain to him what I wanted. I just set up some powerpoint slides that showed the park wherein I'd set a good deal of the book's scenes and then a few pictures of a Shmoo to give him a general idea of what the demon Yub Kubo should look like. The biggest issue after that was getting the write type face for the title. Really, though, it was a very enjoyable process working with Jacob and having the cover come to life much the way I'd imagined it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Five? Yeesh

1. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy - it's both a beautiful and terrible book. It paints pictures in a way I've never experienced in any other book.
2. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler - the best detective novel I've ever read. Funny and with a decent mystery in it. So many great one-liners. I've read it about half a dozen times and it never fails to entertain.
3. The Lord of the Rings - So thorough and epic. A true labor of love from everything I can tell. It's what I have aspired to even though I realize I just don't work in the same way as good old JRR.
4. Cruddy by Lynda Barry - An aching novel of teenage years. I don't know what it reflects of Barry's own life but it seemed so honest in it's portrayal of the main character and the events surrounding her. Painful, great, and under-appreciated IMHO.
5. The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You by Frank Stanford - this book is a single poem. A really really long poem of more than 15,000 lines. So many vignettes so many interesting images and word choices. There's not a single narrative thread so it doesn't necessarily require linear reading. Always good for a poetic pick-me-up.
What do you read for pleasure?
I almost always read fiction and it's almost always genre from Sci-fi to Fantasy to Horror. I read a fair bit of poetry but mostly as fuel for my own poetry.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook which I used for a couple years but because I get most of my e-books from the Seattle Public Library and Overdrive is so easy to use and coordinate across platforms I mostly read on my Galaxy 5 smart phone. I commute on the bus and I always have my phone with me so it just makes sense.
Describe your desk
Adrift with paper. That's my work desk. Otherwise I do most of my writing at my neighborhood Starbucks so it's two little tables pushed together with nothing on it but my laptop, beverage, phone and trackball mouse. Clean . . . .
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up and still live in Seattle. I started writing A Dark Pattern after a massive screw up had resulted in me being out of work. I also realized that I was pretty depressed. So I began taking walks through Cowen Park near my home and the park and my neighborhood became the setting for the novel that I had to write to break me out of my depression.
When did you first start writing?
Specifically? Who knows? I went to college to get a degree in creative writing. Mission accomplished. However it was a couple years later when I took a certificate program in poetry writing at the University of Washington that I really started learning about writing. I only wish I'd written more in my twenties and thirties than I did. But that can't be undone.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's always great when someone tells you they enjoyed what your wrote but I think the greatest joy of all is when you enter into a writing flow and lose all track of time. Just get submerged in the creative process and have it flow out through my fingers. That's the best.
What are you working on next?
I'm always working on poetry so there's always something new and something in revision going on. I intend to work on the continuation of A Dark Pattern. I intend to title the novel Strange Attractors and it will be set on Whidbey Island, a nice touristy area of Washington State that needs its dose of Weird Fiction treatment.
Published 2014-10-18.
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Books by This Author

A Dark Pattern
You set the price! Words: 173,160. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A Dark Pattern is a Weird Fiction Mystery set in Seattle. It involves romance, fear, psychoactive drugs, trans-dimensional demons, stray cats, dive bars, a slaughter of not-so-innocents, precognition, baseball, military-grade drones, panty-sniffing, ramen-stealing, and much more. It starts with a hornet's sting and ends with a bang.