I had a lovely time chatting with Brittani of Zarlequan, she’s a delight. You can watch that episode on YouTube or listen on Spotify (and catch other episodes while you’re at it). This was recorded the day after American Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that. We had a really nice chat before, after, and during the interview covering all sorts of things, but the edited interview focuses more on how I wound up writing westerns. It’s an interesting set of events.
I don’t think this part made the interview, but the move to historical western was made more remarkable because I was writing medieval romance at the time. Westerns weren’t something I had ever planned on writing or felt a part of which I wrote about on my post A Hail Mary and the Gun That Never Was.
So what happened? Have a listen and find out! I think Brittani’s title for the talk is apropos. It was an unexpected journey and a fun ride.
It was a stretchy thing to do and the first interview that I’ve signed up for. So of course I worked myself into a lather after the fact. This time around I decided to write about it. It started off as a shoulda, coulda, woulda mind-storm and mental journal entry, but I turned that around into a reflection about “perfection” and comparison. As you’ll notice, I don’t sit still and look directly at the camera like “everyone else,” lol.
Enjoy, and feel free to ask me additional questions or share your origin stories below!