This is the first of a series of interviews introducing the authors of the Of Words and Water Group.
K. A. Krisko is first up!
Give us a short excerpt of one of your works in the anthology
From “The Name of the Dog” in the 2014 OWAW:
The Ford pickup growled as it downshifted. Raye Kellin took her foot off the gas, flicked off the siren, and snatched the radio mike from its clip on the dashboard.
“Control, sam-three-zero-zero, on Dutch Mountain.”
“Go ahead, sam-three-zero-zero.”
Raye leaned forward and squinted out the windshield, one hand on the wheel. “Control, I’m at mile marker twenty-one, and I don’t see a motor vehicle accident.”
“The reporting party wasn’t sure how far up they are. Twenty-one miles was a guess.”
“You still got him on the line?”
“Sorry, no. I lost his signal and he didn’t call back.”
“Well, I’ll keep going for a while,” Raye said doubtfully. “I’ll let you know when I find something.”
She slipped the radio mike back into the clip, but didn’t bother to re-activate the siren. She was sick of hearing it after twenty-one miles. Twenty-one slow miles, up the rising, winding mountain road through Bureau of Land Management property, populated only by mule deer and cows. Any other time, she’d be enjoying the view: the huge, striated hump of Dutch Mountain to the west with the radio repeater towers bristling from the top, the stark, red-rock canyons to the east and north, slipping in and out of sight through the scattered groves of pinyon pines and junipers. But now her mind was on the motorcycle accident that was supposedly waiting up ahead, with an unconscious victim and a busload of Japanese tourists sidelined by the collision.
What was your inspiration for your short story?
This short story was specifically inspired by the theme for the 2014 OWAW and by my career as a park ranger. I was able to meld my true experiences with the fictional event leading to the main character’s realization that people shouldn’t necessarily be judged by first impression, or by stereotype.
Why did you contribute to the OWAW anthology?
I contributed to the 2013 OWAW, and thought it was an extremely well-done, worthwhile project. I was happy to contribute both “The Name of the Dog” and “Finding Mandel” to the 2014 anthology (and even happier that both were accepted!)
Do you plan to contribute to the 2015 anthology?
If they’ll have me, I’ll keep contributing
Tell us about your current WIP
I’m currently concentrating on updating my writing blog and my DIY blog, and on starting a blog about my troublesome dog, Carter; working on a long-short or novella that will anchor a new collection of shorts; and working on sequels to my contemporary fantasy, “Cornerstone: Raising Rook” and my mystery, “AFTERThought”. I’ve got a lot on my plate!
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