Every time I tell someone I write transgressive fiction the first question I get is, “What’s transgressive fiction?” If we’re talking in person, I explain it as best I can (usually not very well). But if we’re emailing I send them the definition cut and pasted from Wikipedia:
Transgressive fiction is a genre of literature which focuses on characters who feel confined by the norms and expectations of society and who break free of those confines in unusual or illicit ways.
Because they are rebelling against the basic norms of society, protagonists of transgressive fiction may seem mentally ill, anti-social, or nihilistic. The genre deals extensively with taboo subject matters such as drugs, sexual activity, violence, incest, pedophilia, and crime.
That definition is actually a very good one. It definitely covers all the bases. However, every time I send it to someone to explain the kind of fiction I write, I feel weird.
The 12 days of Christmas are upon us, and to spread the holiday cheer I’m giving away 12 copies of my memoir, Between the Shadow and Lo.
Enter to win between now and Dec 27 and you might get a little unexpected gift in your mailbox this merry season.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and to celebrate I’m offering the eBook of my recently released addiction memoir, Between the Shadow and Lo, for only 99 cents now through Sunday (Oct 29).
It’s dark, it’s somewhat sinister, and it features a narrator who can’t stop getting drunk and roaming the rainy midnight streets of Seattle.
Edgar Allan Poe would definitely approve.
I grew up in a family of alcoholics.
For many people it takes a lot of time to admit that, but for me, it took a lot of time to even know that. As an adult, when I started delving into 12-step programs, I heard horror stories about what it was like to grow up in an alcoholic family. Parents who frequently got arrested for drunk driving or getting into bar fights. Parents who were physically or verbally abusive when they got drunk. Parents who took off for days and weeks at a time on binges.
I spent the years of my early 20s in Seattle as a raging alcoholic, feeling like I was split between two different personalities. Between the Shadow and Lo is an autobiographical novel of many of the experiences I went through during those years. The book deals with addiction, depression, extreme dysfunction, and the dark side of life.
Starting today, Between the Shadow and Lo is available in ebook ($2.99) and in paperback.
Thank you, as always, for your support my dear writer friends.
I really couldn’t have written this book without you.