Chasing his own Star: An Interview with Jeffrey Ford

Like most writers, there are periods when I’m pretty down on my own efforts. I don’t mean the constructive kind of self critique we need to get better at our craft. I mean the unhelpful “I just write crap” kind of thinking. During one of these grumbly phases, I read a cool interview with super cool Jeffrey Ford, whose short fiction I love (if you haven’t read “A Night at the Tropics” or “Creation” or “The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant” or “ExoSkeleton Town”, boy, are you missing out).  The way he talked about his influences, his commitment to craft, his wide range of reading was really inspiring. Ford is one of those writers whose imagination and career scream creative freedom, and he’s achieved success for his efforts. So, last year I decided to ask him for an interview for CLARKESWORLD magazine and he kindly agreed.

Check out the interview here. Hope it fills up the tank.




About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at
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