Short, Sharp Interview: Kyle Minor

Kyle Minor‘s brilliant In The Devil’s Territory is one of the best short story collections that you’re likely to read. 
His equally ace short story, The Truth And All Its Ugly, is available for your Kindle now. 
I had a quick natter with him.

PDB: Can you pitch your latest publication/ project in 25 words or less?

It’s a novel titled The Sexual Lives of Missionaries. It’s almost done. First ten pages appeared last summer in Guernica:

PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

The Shield, The Wire, Big Love, The New Girl, Breaking Bad.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

It’s not possible for anyone to be an objective reader. Reading is an exercise in subjectivity. Writing, too, and also thinking.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?


PDB: How much research goes into each book?

For the one I’m finishing, I spent a lot of time in Haiti. I see the research trajectory rising from here on. It’s too useful not to do a lot of it.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

Social media is not important for me as a writer, but it is important for me as a person who wants people to read what I have written, so I’ve invested pretty heavily in it. One not-small side benefit is that I’ve met a lot of good people and made a few good friends along the way.