Interview with Joseph Hefferon

What are you working on next?
I'm working on book two in the series. It will be longer than Scattergun but still short fiction. I plan to write a total of five short pieces for a collection.
Who are your favorite authors?
Cormac McCarthy, Elmore Leonard, Joan Didion, Jake Needham, Dennis Lehane and Paulo Coelho
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Survival. That and I don't sleep much. I hate missing out on all the stories around us every day. Humans never seem to run out of awful things to do to one another.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my young son, as much as possible.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly by accident—random searches for drama, crime, noir etc, but once I find an author I like, I stick with them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was in high school and I trust all copies have been destroyed.
What is your writing process?
I don't have a process in any ordered sense. I think in feelings, moods and imaginary conversations about possible story lines. I get a great deal from my characters. Once I begin to get a vague image of one, I try to put them in a conversation and they take it from there. I write around people, not plot lines.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a kid I read King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. I wanted to be a knight for many years after that and became enthralled with stories and movies with swashbuckling sword play such as, The Three Musketeers.
How do you approach cover design?
My antagonist is on the move. An encounter on a Kansas roadside is pivotal to understanding the character. I just wanted to keep it simple and wide open, like the country he drifts through.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy. I know I'll never be anywhere near the writer he is, but I believe in setting high personal standards. Blood Meridian is nothing short of genius.
I loved Joan Didion's essays and devoured Play It as It Lays in a day. She has an enviable gift with language.
It's hard to think of favorites because I read many genres but Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky and Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea are books that inspired me to write.
Published 2014-09-29.
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Books by This Author

Alice - Book II Texas Trilogy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,040. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Alice is the 2nd in the Texas Trilogy, following Capt Lamar McNelly as he hunts down the vicious men who walk among us. Book one rode shotgun with a killer. Book two gives us more insight to McNelly's mind. He is seen through the lens of his counterpart and authentic compadre, Lieutenant Chucho Zarate, as they work to get ahead of an unpredictable murderer, who seems to disappear with nightfall.
Scattergun—A Reckoning in Two Acts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,460. Language: American English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Scattergun is the first short work in a series examining the dark side of the human condition, set in the aberrant world of a synaesthetic Texas ranger, Lamar McNelly. Book One: Riding shotgun in the mind of a wandering killer, stalking the plains of the rural west, until a violent confrontation in a Colorado rail yard pits the cerebral McNelly against the mammalian brain of an outlaw.