Justin Bryant is joining us today! Justin is the author of the 2013 memoir ‘Small Time.’ His fiction has appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Monkeybicycle, Thin Air, and others. He is a 2008 graduate of the MFA program at New York University and lives in Raleigh with his wife Sarah and their dogs Roxy and Bryce.
What made you start writing?
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Would you and your main character(s) get along?
If you could spend the day with another author, who would you choose and why?
What are some of your favorite books and/or authors?
What is your favorite book from childhood?
What are you currently reading?
Do you DNF books?
Yes, definitely. Life is short and I’ve already lived 56 years of it. If I don’t connect with a book, I put it down and move on with no hard feelings.
The Big West: a largely unexplored region of Calem, Central America, where time and gravity obey different laws, where sloped lakes and mineral snow decorate the landscape, and where a grand resort hotel existing simultaneously in three different eras hides from the modern world. As satellites rain from the sky during a solar storm, Geoff has come here to fulfill a mission he once believed in, but increasingly suspects is pointless. Is it just a malarial fever dream, or are his dead parents really here? Who is the shark-human hybrid always waiting ahead in the shadows? What business does a mercenary known only as ‘the tall man’ have with him? And is there any way for him to find his way back home?
In Thunder from a Clear Blue Sky, Justin Bryant creates a world as irresistible as it is unsettling, as soulful as it is strange. While a rag-tag team of military operatives navigates dystopian conditions, from extreme weather and technology blackouts to a fabled jaguar and a mysterious mercenary, this fever dream of a novel becomes increasingly feverish. But for all its beautiful ambition, at its heart lies a simple and powerful tale of love, longing, and devotion. I adore this bold, poignant book!
-Jennifer Wortman, author of This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love
"Readers who enter the world of Justin Bryant's Thunder From a Clear Blue Sky will find themselves in a setting at once familiar and elusive. Here, a young man opts for military service as a way to alleviate his student loans -- and soon finds himself enmeshed in a surreal conflict, seemingly without end. Things get stranger from there, and that's before the solar storms come into play. Its reference points aren't the ones you'd expect -- Paul Auster's In the Country of Last Things, Lucius Shepard's Viator, and Adolfo Bioy Casares's The Invention of Morel all come to mind -- and its destination is wholly unexpected. This is a journey worth taking."
-Tobias Carroll, author of Ex-Members and Reel