Short, Sharp Interview: Steve Weddle Can you pitch Country Hardball  in 25 words or less?

Fighting against a shit economy and a tragic past, Roy Alison comes home for redemption. It does not go well.

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

Jason Isbell’s song “Elephant.” Anything at all by Chris F. Holm. John the Revelator by Peter Murphy. Karen Russell. David Means. Music from Sarah Dashew.

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

Unbiased, sure. Objective? I can’t.

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

If they’re paying in money, sure.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

Very little in Country Hardball. Quite a bit in the one I’m writing now, as it’s set in 1933 and 1955.; How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

As a human, it’s great to meet people and chat. As a writer, not so much.

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

I have a few events lined up early in the year for Country Hardball. Other than that, read and write. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.

Bio: Steve Weddle grew up on the Louisiana/Arkansas line, holds an MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University, and currently works for a newspaper group. His debut novel, County Hardball, is published by Tyrus Books. His website is