Strong Enough to Shatter, fiction, Issue 20, September 1, 2012
When did you start writing? Stories have been part of my life as far back as the memories go. I wrote an Arthurian short story in the second grade that won some sort of prize. An IBM Selectric was involved, and perhaps also a mimeograph machine.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication was "Alabama Ghost Pool," a poem I published in the Autumn 2007 issue of Goblin Fruit. Hearing from Amal and Jessica that they wanted to publish it was a shock from which I happily never recovered. Since then I've published non-fiction, a half-dozen or so short stories, and monthly interviews with artists for Fantasy Magazine and subsequently Lightspeed.
What themes do you like to write about? I'm rarely conscious of theme while writing, and if I am, the work usually falters. Sometimes a theme looms out of the mist as I move in on the conclusion. The stuff that I seem to come back to involves the complexity of evil, characters in difficult situations, the role of place in shaping character, the meaning of creativity, or some combination of those things. Novels are somewhat different, and themes will show up at various points in the writing, but it won't be until the second or third draft that I really start to get a handle on what the book's about thematically.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Recently I reread Mercer Mayer's One Monster After Another, which I loved as a child. The experience was astonishing, because I could see in those pages the general shape of so much that matters to me in fiction: misunderstood monsters, nostalgia for times past (accurately remembered or not), sense of place, and a gentle kind of surreality. All of these things show up in the authors whose works have resonated with me, from King to Lovecraft to Murakami.
J. T. Glover has published short fiction in Dark Recesses and Underground Voices, among other venues, and he is hard at work on a novel involving gardens, ghosts, Seattle, and numinous wildlife. He interviews artists for Lightspeed Magazine, and he has been known to dabble in the visual arts. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he currently resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and a not
inconsiderable number of fur-bearing friends. By day he is an academic reference librarian specializing in the humanities.