Thanks again to S.W. lauden whose interview with Ryan Sayles on his new book,”The Subtle Art of Brutality” gets some interesting feedback on the art of literary three’s:
“I try to work in pairs of threes in a book. Three events, all connected somehow, each more dire than the last. The three fires in SAOB, the three lovers. I heard somewhere that the human mind likes three. It also likes odd numbers. I learned that in photography composition. So using three of whatever in a story seems like a fitting application,” Sayles.
What: Author of SUBTLE ART OF BRUTALITY, WARPATH, THAT ESCALATED QUICKY! and the forthcoming GOLDFINCHES and I’M NOT HAPPY ‘TIL YOU’RE NOT HAPPY. He’s had over two dozen short stories in print and is a founding member of Zelmer Pulp.
Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.
I just read your intense and engrossing novel, THE SUBTLE ART OF BRUTALITY. How did you develop the “half predator and half savior” character of Richard Dean Buckner? How about the story?
First off, thank you for the compliments. They really do mean a lot. The idea of Buckner popped up in 2006 while I was stationed in the San Francisco Bay Area. I wanted to write a hardboiled character who was so hardboiled he was scraping the line between awesome and cartoonish. I wanted to crank everything up to…
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