Literary fiction stands the test of time because it touches on the deepest parts of what makes us human. It sparks tears, arguments and yes, even revolutions. We began with a simple premise. Every week we have a rowdy old time discussing a wide diversity of short literary fiction on Literary Roadhouse: One short story, once a week. As we moved into 2016, we added two new podcasts. The Literary Roadhouse Bookclub and The Bradbury Challenge. If you love literary fiction, welcome home. If the last time you read literary fiction was for a boring class, we have a treat for you.
Meet Your Hosts
Anais grew up in Hudson County, New Jersey–the industrial part of Jersey with the skyline view of New York City. She was enriched by its ethnically diverse neighborhoods and (sometimes) hip urban vibe. She left HudCo to study at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and shortly after graduating with a degree in Economics moved to Costa Rica at age 22, where she still resides today.
Her interest in reading and writing began young, baby teeth young. Her parents encouraged her reading at a young age. She was raised with values and beliefs distinctly American and Cuban – often complementary, sometimes conflicting. That upbringing influences the way she writes and digests fiction. For example, she is easily seduced by the paranormal, like her grandmothers, but has the American academic tendency to pretend she totally isn’t because science. When faced with spooky noises in the night her instinct is to explain it with quasi-metaphysical jargon as she stumbles over herself in a panicked flight to the bedroom light switch.
In addition to her embarrassing gullibility when it comes to ghosts, Anais is also an avid reader of science fiction and speculative fiction; fiction that asks questions about our collective future. Follow her on twitter @anaisconce
Maya is a writer, mother and podcast producer. You can learn more about her at mayagoode.com
Born in Las Vegas and living on the streets, Maya was gifted to a woman at 3 1/2 years old. The woman was older and her adult children proclaimed.
“But Ma, you already raised your kids.”
And, “Did you notice she’s black!”
Yet all the woman saw was an afro with bald spots and a child who thought crackers were a vegetable. Thus began a long journey that took Maya through foster care, several states and many adventures until she became a test case for the question, “do black children need black parents.”
In the midst of court cases and Farrakhan’s attorneys, Maya discovered books of all kinds, music, painting, and method acting. She truly lived in a dreamland that made teachers concerned for her sanity. Speaking patois to her teddy bears, she channeled her New Orleans ancestors and called them her friends. She played with bees and danced in fields, and as she grew up, she tested her identity. What is black? What is reality? And the biggest question of all, “Which mother’s daughter am I?”
Straddling race, culture and class, Maya has a thirst for experience and understanding. After years of writing poetry, fiction and doing many other arts, she stopped it all. For a decade she read only a handful of books. She wanted to be normal… but there is nothing more insane than an artist without a media. So of course the art came back; it always does and after a long adventurous life Maya is working on her first two novels and enjoying a new found love of short literary fiction. She reads as a writer exploring art and emotion, but she writes as a painter. Follow her on twitter @quotidianlight
Gerald is an author and generally fascinating man, learn more about him at Gerald-Hornsby.com
Gerald was born many years ago, in a sleepy suburban backwater, near to a big city in the middle of England. After many years of study and work, he ‘downsized’ his work commitments, and began his final job. And found time to finally take up writing. Many hours were spent, staring at a blank wall, writing flash fiction and short stories and taking part in online writing communities and entering writing competitions.
He enjoyed challenges – the challenge of paring down a short story to meet restrictive word count limits; the challenge of writing large numbers of words in a short time.
Eventually, self-publishing became a viable option for those writing outside the acceptable genres for traditional publishing, and he edited and published two works for a charity before publishing his own collections of short and short-short fiction which had sat, dormant and unloved on various hard disks for several years.
2014 saw two significant milestones reached – he had three, completed, novel-length works ready for editing, and he had over a million words of works-in-progress. 2015 is going to be the year for publishing. Follow him on twitter @authorgerald
A native of Bayonne, New Jersey, and a self-proclaimed lover of words, Rammy’s interest in literature could not have developed without the guidance and support of solid teachers who sparked his curiosity in the fine art of storytelling.
His appreciation in fiction was amplified by well-picked assigned readings that spoke to the complexities of the human condition. These tales allowed him to travel to New York with James on a giant peach and mourn the death of Finny after his fall from a tree. Eventually, Rammy began reading fiction not only out of obligation, but for entertainment and education, which he continues to this day. Follow him on twitter @rammysalem
Crissy Moss is an author of multiple short stories and two fantasy novels, you can find more about her at Fangs and Lasers.
Crissy Moss grew up in the rural California foot hills entertaining herself by playing with the dogs, cats, chickens, ducks and geese that lived on the family farmstead. Since then she’s lived in four states, and traveled to most of the lower 48.
Today she makes her home in Washington near the bustling city of Seattle. She loves the rain, warm fires, and sipping coco. She also loves to dive into fantasy books filled with magic and mayhem.
She started writing when she was seven years old, publishing her first essay in 1995. It was an interesting time as websites started offering more content. First newspapers, then magazines, and finally books became easier to get online. And in the midst of it, writers had to adapt, too.
Her writing is eclectic, ranging from fantasy and sci-fi to a bit of horror and paranormal. But she always endeavors to spin an interesting yarn.
She has also been a co-host on Self Publishing Round Table and Story Telling Podcast. She currently has several short story collections and four books available on Amazon. Follow her on twitter at @crissymoss
Tamara grew up in the poorest state of the Union as a laid-off coal miner’s daughter. She learned from this that money isn’t the root of all happiness, but it sure makes it easier. One fateful summer at a youth workshop she learned both the art of stolen kisses and being open in her poetry: lessons she’s never forgotten.
She’s living on an island now, still a misfit, but now there’s palm trees. Life feels differently in a world filled with palm trees. She geeks out on books, Doctor Who, Star Trek TNG (aka the best generation), and connecting with people.