Leone Ross – Come Let Us Sing Anyway

 

Hey, Everybody!

It was an incredible honor to interview Leone Ross, author of Come Let Us Sing Anyway, over at The Sexy Librarian’s Blogcast.

I recently read her newly published collection by Peepal Tree Press and fell in love with it. If you are looking for a new read, I highly recommend Come Let Us Sing Anyway.

Especially, if you are a writer, I also suggest that you follow Leone Ross on Twitter because she is doing a unique meme series called #TheArtOfTheSentence. Those little memes carry with them invaluable tips for your writer’s toolbox. She’s also put together a meme series #TheStoryBehindTheStory, a set of tiny interviews pertaining to each story in her Come Let Us Sing Anyway collection, well…all but one story.

OH! And, as if it just couldn’t get any better, stay tuned to the very end of the interview because Leone reads a beautiful snippet from, “And You Know This” as featured in her wonderful collection.

*****

Leone Ross is a novelist, short story writer, editor, journalist and academic of Jamaican and Scottish ancestry. She was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. Her first novel, All The Blood Is Red was long-listed for the Orange Prize, her second novel, Orange Laughter was chosen as a BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour Watershed Fiction favorite. In 2015, Leone was one of three judges for the Manchester Prize for Fiction.

Come Let Us Sing Anyway
by Leone Ross
Published by: Peepal Tree Press
(Available in Paperback & Digital Book)

From headless schoolgirls, to talking food and threesomes, pretty much anything can happen in these witty, weird and wonderful short stories by Leone Ross. Ranging from flash fiction to intense psychological drama, magical realism, horror and erotica, these strange, clever, frank and sometimes very funny stories have a serious side too. Carefully crafted over 15 years, they explore unbounded sexualities, a vision of the fluidity of the person, and politics – from the deaths of black people at the hands of the police, to the deep shifts that signal the subtle changes in the nature of capitalism and much more. These stories may sometimes tickle, sometimes shock; but will always engage both the intellect and the heart.

Click here for Leone Ross’ TedTalk.

 

 

Malin James on Mining Yourself

You’ll know it when you feel it. Especially on your face. Good people make you want to smile. Grin, until you split your face wide open and there’s nothing left but teeth. Fellow believers in personal exploration inspire me, and you better believe that Malin James is one of those people. It’s my belief that when we don’t pretend, when we genuinely look into ourselves and reflect and listen and write–when we make an effort to mine ourselves…we can find a semblance of what wholeness feels like. Or, at least we can begin to. And a beginning is something. We really are more than words because sometimes the words aren’t enough. We need stories to ‘get’ us. There’s no doubt that self-examination can be a little spooky, and so we need the communion of others in order to make those special brave dives, sort of tandem-style. A writer’s job is to strap on the goggles, bite onto the mouthpiece of their respirators, grab a handy torch and dive deep. With pen and paper ready. Exploring their own thoughts, dreams, and experiences is not only paramount to consciously existing, it opens up an ability to write more thoughtfully, and thus be more entertaining and relative. And so when you find a writer who speaks honestly, openly, trustingly…listen. Be receptive. And then you too can look in.

My special thanks go to Malin James. Thank you.

Malin James is an essayist, blogger, and short story writer. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Bust Magazine, MUTHA, Queen Mob’s Tea House and Medium, as well as anthologies for Cleis, Sweetmeats Press and Stupid Fish Productions. She is currently at work on Roadhouse Blues, a collection for Go Deeper Press. She will be speaking at Eroticon London 2017.

Here are a couple of Malin James’ stories featured on The Kiss Me Quick’s Erotica Podcast. When you are done listening to her interview, scroll down and settle in for some truly erotic storytelling.

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Deadline is February 28th!!

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