Robert Gannon is a music director and theater educator from NJ. When not teaching, he writes--fiction, non-fiction, criticism, plays, and music. More work will be available starting in 2018.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been working close to 10 years as a freelance media critic/entertainment writer. I've had far more success as a writer going directly to smaller sites or publishing on my own than I ever did trying to succeed in the rapidly shrinking print market for genre fiction. Taking the plunge and publishing my short fiction directly to readers is a scary step, but one that will actually let people read what I do without having editors say "Love your story. We're looking for werewolf fiction right now. Can you change your story to fit that?" (actual note from an editor) or "Whoa. I was laughing until the end. Then it got too extreme. Tone it down or no one will publish it!" (actual note from editor).
The werewolf story was actually a slapstick, Kafka-esque ghost/splatter story, which was also the one called too extreme by a publisher looking for extreme splatter stories. You get the run around where everyone wants you to change the core of the story to suit their editorial mindset rather than just acknowledge your story is well-written but not right for their publication.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love playing with words. I discovered very early on how rewarding it is to put someone in a totally different mindset with recurring imagery or language choices and try to do that will all of my writing, fiction and criticism alike. It's a hard skill to master and one that you can only control to the point of release; then it's up to the reader to interpret your work. That's the joy of writing: bringing some level of control to the unknown.
Take Out & Other Stories: A Collection of Weird Fiction explores what happens to the human mind when one thing enters a life that cannot be explained a way with logic or reason. From a young boy's obsession with horror stories to a kitchen with a mind of its own, these five stories put the weird back in weird fiction.