does the word "story"
mean to you?
Craft should never, in my opinion, undermine or sacrifice the pleasure
of living in the story.
TSR: Do you
have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?
No, although I must confess I was very conscious at one point as to how
the ethnic communities addressed in my collection would react to the
stories and the people that inhabit the world I created. I do believe
that if you have an audience in mind, and it’s a “generous” and
mainstream audience, you can sell many books. But, I think all great
books have an integrity that is clearly defined by the author and their
vision for their work.
TSR: Is there
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection,
anything at all?
ADS: Not really. I
think I’ve brought something to the table. Anyone who chooses to read Barnacle Love
brings their own unique perspective to the characters and to their
situation. If anything, I would hope they leave feeling a bit changed
in that the world they live in is somehow new or more clearly defined.
TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?
ADS: I remember
this spring when I saw my book in a bookstore for the first time. My
son, Oliver, pointed it out and it was his pride in it being there that
the thing became real. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing
that people are reading your book, either enjoying it or hating it.
Mediocrity is a reaction that concerns me.
TSR: What are
you working on now?
ADS: The Shoeshine Boy
is now being developed into a full novel, tentatively titled Carnival
of Desire. For a summary visit