[NOTE: This is part of a series of Q&As with the Shirley Jackson Award nominees.]
Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nightmare, Shimmer, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Electric Velocipede, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, The Minnesota Review, and The Rumpus, among others. He is a graduate of the 2012 Clarion Writer’s Workshop, a 2013 nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award, and the co-editor of Horror After 9/11, an anthology published by the University of Texas Press. Visit him at www.samjmiller.com.
Sam kindly answered a few of my questions about “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides”, which has been nominated for Best Short Fiction!
KC: Congrats on the Shirley Jackson Award nomination! Will you tell us about your story and what inspired you to write it?