BJI: Is there any particular inspiration for Somehow There Was More Here?
DG: These characters appear in several other stories in my collection, and through those pieces, hopefully, this pseudo-family goes through changes, both positive and negative. With this story, I wanted to bring all of them together one last time and let each of them make sense of things.
(They’re all coming back in the novel, though, so the adventure continues…)
BJI: Your story feels very much like a ‘New York City’ story – that is, it wouldn’t feel quite the same if it was set anywhere else. Why do you suppose that is? Was this something you consciously tried to evoke?
DG: Ben and this cast of characters embody a lot of New York City for me. It’s fucked up and beautiful and destructive and resurrecting, this city, and I believe Ben feeds off this energy.
BJI: What’s up with Canadian Jay?
DG: This is my favorite question! How do I answer this without destroying the universe in the process? CJ is equal parts reality, creation, and insanity, with just a dash of Poutine. And, of course, a pint of Keith’s.
For more, check out the Rants of Canadian Jay (not for the faint of heart!) over at fwriction.
BJI: There’s one sequence in the story that was inspired by a pretty darn good song. Do you listen to music a lot when you write? If so, what’s on your playlist?
DG: The song had a lot to do with inspiring this story, with Ben’s fear of moving forward. Music, yes, is always present in my writing; within the short story collection, there are pieces inspired, heavily or otherwise, by songs from Nada Surf, Stars, The Verve Pipe, Death Cab for Cutie, The Beatles, Kelcy Mae, and Simon and Garfunkel, amongst many others.
(Television, too, plays a large role, most notably the delightful works of Chris Carter and Joss Whedon.)
BJI: Last question. What excites you most about online/digital storytelling?
DG: Short stories, to me, are the most beautifully perfect thing in existence. The marketplace for them in traditional publishing seems to be shrinking, so I love the idea of getting the word out, so to speak, via digital means. Online journals are a gorgeous way of bringing short stories to the world in an inexpensive, efficient manner. Found Press has hit on something raw and powerful, as have others, and I know it will continue to grow.
stories by Danny Goodman