“Tough, sly, and funny as hell; Fantine Park is a noir hero for a new century. With Pull & Pray, Angel Luis Colón continues to show why he’s one of the finest voices in crime fiction.” —Nick Kolakowski author of Slaughterhouse Blues
What drew you to the genre you write in?
I write crime and horror (mostly crime now) and I guess what drew me to both wasn't so much the actual darkness of the subject but the idea of investigating that darkness. Why would people hurt or exploit one another? I've always been interested in what drove folks when they were at their most desperate. Whether that's in regards to needing money or power or simply to survive. It's obviously pretty fertile ground to work on and I thoroughly enjoy that; especially if I can find some levity in there too.
Are there any writers you’re jealous of?
As a whole? Not really. I think it's perfectly normal to feel professional jealousy at successes and events, sure. We all want to be signed or win an award. When it comes to quality or style I don't think it makes sense. Every writer's different and while I know I'm not anywhere near a brilliant writer, I also really like my voice and my style. It took a long time to find that confidence and I'd never undercut it by being jealous of someone else's style. I'd rather admire the stories I know I won't write or can't write. Hell, Jordan Harper's She Rides Shotgun is incredible but I'm not jealous of the book or his ability - he put the work in and deserves the accolades.
I AM jealous that he gets to work on LA Confidential, though, but that's as a fan of the cast they've lined up and the material!
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing with all of your free time?
I'd be running a hell of a lot more. I'd probably end up injuring myself again which only leads me back to writing. So ultimately, I'd end up in front of the keyboard again.
Were they any parts of your novel that were edited out, but which you miss terribly?
Pull & Pray (out July 30th from Down & Out Books) was a slow write but it's the first project I didn't leave anything out of. I actually found myself needing to dig in and add two more scenes to flesh out a few character decisions without things feeling to abrupt. My last novella, Blacky Jaguar Against the Cool Clux Cult, I actually threw out a completed MS twice with that one. Not a lot of fun but the finished product is something I was very proud of.
What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
That's it. There's nothing to be happy about, to fret about, or to be heartbroken about if there's nothing on the goddamn page. So you write. You create and you do what you love without worrying about what comes next. Next doesn't matter.