The release of Arterial Bloom from Crystal Lake Publishing is now less than three weeks away, so I thought I would talk a little about what inspired my story, Dog (Does Not) Eat Dog.
Everyone of us has experienced, or will experience, an increasingly toxic friendship. The piece is an attempt to explore this.
Friendships, like any kind of relationship, require maintenance and if you neglect them they deteriorate. It was that deterioration – what drives it and what happens as a result – I wanted to focus on.
This story concerns two old friends reflecting on their friendship at the end of everything. The empty, apocalyptic setting provided a great canvas to push my ideas into the extreme.
Also, the coastline on which this story is set is real. I have walked on the sand and stood in the ocean. It’s only a few miles from the place I grew up. But I’ve moved away now and I don’t see that shore so often.
It seemed only fitting that a story about old friends should unfold close to my old hometown.
Arterial Bloom is due for release on the 3rd of April and you can pre order from Amazon by clicking here. You know what to do.
Thanks for reading.