RS- Yeah, that one I did at eighteen. It was called “Digging it Up.” It was based on a true story. I had a parakeet that I would let fly around my bedroom. One day mother left my room, closed the door, and decapitated the bird. I was six or seven at the time. So I wrapped him up in a wash cloth and buried him in the backyard. I couldn’t leave the bird alone, though. I kept digging him up to see if the head had reattached itself to the body. Now in the story “Digging it Up” the boy’s parents were getting a divorce and the two parts of the bird became these separated parents. Symbolically, of course. So the boy was digging up the bird to see if the parents were going to get back together. Temple University published that, God bless them.
ED- Since that first work you have appeared in many periodicals such as the Baltimore Review, the North American review, G.W. Review, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many more. Please tell our readers about your accomplishments in these publications, and the type of stories that were printed in them.
RS- Funny you should mention that. In the coming summer of 2012, Black Lawrence press is going to publish a collection of my stories called Loving You the Way I Do. So you will be able to read a few of these pieces. It’s difficult to talk about the type of story I do. I have done dark fantasy, crime, very traditional stuff, some surreal things. But mostly I do what is called the “literary” story, or my version of it. Some will tell you that the literary story is a slice of the “everyday” that lets us feel or learn something above and beyond that slice, something extraordinary. But learn it in a very subtle way. I will occasionally do the literary story in reverse. I will have an extraordinary event happen to ordinary people. It’s a little harder to do, I think. This is because it is easier to make an “everyday” event real than to make an extraordinary event real. An example of this will be out in an upcoming issue of Bat City Review. It’s my novelette called, “River of the Pink Dolphin.”
ED- Tell us about some of the awards that you have won for your writing.
RS- Not too many awards. Recently I won the Editor’s Circle Award for Best New Writing 2010. This is part of the Eric Hoffer Awards. I think this story was about four years old. It’s called, “A Beggar’s Life.” I call it my Rome story. Every time I travel somewhere I put my story in that location. Or stories. I also got nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Always a bride’s maid, never a…etc., etc.
ED- Ron, your latest work is the novel, ‘Scar Keeper’ : An Indigo Swann Mystery. What is the theme behind the book and some of the characters in it ?
RS- It’s an unusual murder mystery-thriller. Indy’s patient is found hanging by his neck in his bedroom and at first it seems like a suicide…but it’s not. The patient is a multiple personality and an emotional casualty from the Iraq war. And, of course, he has a secret. And a complicated past. So Indy goes back to some of her session tapes to discover clues and she also works with Detective Sam Neiman. And by the way, both Indy and Sam have their own personal issues, as do we all.
ED- What inspired you to write it ?
RS- My agent. And there are days when he is a “what” more than a “who.” But he is also a sweetheart. He wanted me to do a thriller using some of my experiences as a therapist. So if you want to see what a particular therapist might go through and some of the issues therapists have to deal with, this is your book.
RS- It’s easiest. Go online, either Borders or Amazon. Or you can go to my web sit, http://www.ronsavage.net and click on the Amazon link. It will take you right there.
ED- What other projects do you have planned in the near future ?
RS- I have just finished another novel and I’m working on the next one. Also, I have a second collection of stories. So a few things.
ED- Ron, we have many students of the Arts that read our magazine, and many look to become writers themselves. What ten things do they need to know about writing fiction ?
RS- Ha. funny you should say that. Go right here: http://www.glimmertrain.com/b44savage.html And I will give you ten things that you probably already know but they are good things to think about, anyway.
ED- Ron, we want to thank you for this wonderful and informative interview and wish you great luck in everything that you do. Please promise to keep us informed of all that you do and we hope to have you back in The Eerie Digest in the near future.
RS – I’ve enjoyed it, Joe. Thanks so much.