Check out this interview with Misha Burnett!
Misha Burnett has little formal education, but has been writing poetry and fiction for around forty years. During this time he has supported himself and his family with a variety of jobs, including locksmith, cab driver, and building maintenance.
His first four novels, Catskinner’s Book, Cannibal Hearts, The Worms Of Heaven, and Gingerbread Wolves comprise a series, collectively known as The Book Of Lost Doors.
More information can be found on his website: https://mishaburnett.wordpress.com
Which authors have influenced you?
Mostly the New Wave Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. William Burroughs, Phillip Dick, Samuel Delany, Tim Powers, Tannith Lee. More recently, Clive Barker, China Mieville, Charles Stross.
Which are your favorite literary genres?
None of the above. I like books that break genre boundaries. Recently people have taken to calling that “slipstream fiction”.
What makes a book/story special for you?
The characters, plain and simple. I don’t care much…
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