Interview with George Partridge

Perhap before we discuss your short story, "A Secret Place", we could learn a little about you. I'm sure your readers would appreciate that.
Yes, well I made my debut in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where I had a Huck Finn type of childhood in Coots Paradise. Then I boldly went forth into the halls of academe clutching my two indispensable texts: "Everything You Wanted to Know About Rocks but Were Afraid to Ask" and "The Maltese Falcon".
Funny you should mention "The Maltese Falcon". "A Secret Place" also features a fateful statuette. Do you think that was a mere coincidence?
On the contrary. The Falcon, in my view, is an archetypal symbol, something akin to the Holy Grail. Such a search can be ennobling as the Arthurian Cycle will attest. Or it can turn into its demonic parody as with The Falcon or my statuette.
What other themes characterize "A Secret Place"?
One of them is a passion for words and phrases. The word 'sternocleidomastoid' trips lightly off the tongue like fine beer. The phrase, 'a single furrow formed on her brown brow' illustrates the delights of judicious alliteration. Another theme is the 'journey of the hero' as espoused by the late Joseph Campbell from 'the call to adventure', 'woman as the temptress', 'descent to the netherworld', 'supernatural aid', to 'transcendental bliss'.
It seems to me that one can discern more than one secret place in your story. Why is the title not in the plural?
There are a number of secret places: there is the hidden grove at the start. Then the mysterious mansion, the alleged secret message inside the statue, the underground 'sanctuary', Paul Baily's 'wonderful land', and the ecstatic state of the authentic hero. But all of them are variations of the same mythical place.
Your story explores issues pertaining to both psychology and literature. Is there one unifying theme?
At the heart of "A Secret Place" is the essential concept of the loss and ensuing search for identity. The late Northrop Frye called this quest, "the framework of all literature."
What's next on your agenda?
To continue searching for the perfect beer.
Mr. Partridge is a semi- recluse and consented to this interview only after the most exhaustive blandishments. Isn't that fair to say?
That's it. You're cut off.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A full bladder
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
trying to suppress various titillations
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
going to the elibrary in my ecadillac
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
yes, it was called "Was That a Frog or a Freddy?"
What is your writing process?
rearing back and sucking my thumb
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
yes, it was Jack and the Beanstalk and it made me think naughty thoughts.
How do you approach cover design?
I look for an appealing nude and take her picture.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Maltese Falcon, Brideshead Revisited, Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, Landscape and Memory, The Perfect Spy. And it is because I am a confirmed dilettante
What do you read for pleasure?
Peruse my collection of female nudes (all very tasteful)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
my good-old pc
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
reducing the price to 0
Describe your desk
a cluttered nightmare
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I never did grow up and so I never acquired any social skills
When did you first start writing?
when I was trying to impress a girl. She ran away with a hockey player
What's the story behind your latest book?
missing the many-splendoured thing
What motivated you to become an indie author?
money. Now I've got 3.62 in my Smashword account
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has enabled me to be somebody. 80 readers can't be wrong
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
finding a bang-up alliteration
Published 2015-04-25.
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Books by This Author

A Secret Place
Price: Free! Words: 20,250. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Whether it's finding the black bird or a nude statuette or just a nude, the name of the game is consummation; that is, finding the whereabouts of that elusive icon that can redeem a whole life.