In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at Lori M. Myers and her story “Never Left.”
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
I have always found the beauty of nature to be inspiring. Nowadays, that beauty is being threatened by development, what we pump into the atmosphere, and what is being dumped into our waters. We should all fear what is happening to our earth. The laws, meant to protect it, are being stripped away. “Never Left” is a “what if” of what could happen if we don’t pay attention.
Did you have to do any research? If so, what kind? What did you learn?
Well, this is silly, but I had to research how someone could get out of a seat restraint. My writers group made me aware of seat belt cutters, which I didn’t even know existed.
Can you tell me a little bit about your protagonist?
She’s edgy, assertive, yet vulnerable.
Tell me about the setting you chose and how it influences your work.
The rural setting is where the protagonist grew up, but it was far from idyllic. Instead, it became a sort of unrelenting and vicious “monster.”
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
Take care of our earth. It’s all we’ve got.
Which phrase are you most proud of in this story?
“It hit a muddy hole, then slid, spun around, tipped onto two wheels like some sort of stunt you’d see in a movie.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Books. Lots and lots of books. Reading is a writer’s best teacher.
If you had to put your name on someone else’s book/story, which would it be and why?
There are two novels from two different genres. One is literary: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Gorgeous writing paired with a fascinating story. The other is considered one of the best horror books ever written: The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum. Scared the crap out of me!
When did you decide to take writing seriously?
It became really, really serious when writing became the way I supported myself. It still is.
If you could choose a single superpower, what would it be and why?
To bring back from the dead those people I loved.
Lori M. Myers is an award-winning writer, Pushcart Prize nominee, and Broadway World Award nominee of creative nonfiction, fiction, and plays. Her work has been published in more than 45 national and regional magazines, journals, and horror and mainstream anthologies. She is the author of Crawlspace and other stories of dark fiction and horror. Lori is an adjunct professor of writing and literature and lives in New York.