Marshall Payne interviews me in the Super-Sekrit Clubhouse about my writing habits, life in California, and fecal matter. An excerpt:
Oh, there’s probably a lot of fantastic poop stories locked away by shy spinsters living alone in garrets. They just couldn’t find publishers.
“Break the Vessel” came from some historical research I did for another project. Louis XIV, the Sun King, is possibly the closest thing European history has to a god-king. The royal hands were too important to touch the royal butt, so a courtier took care of the dirty work. Since the courtier would get a few minutes daily alone with the king, he could influence the king’s decisions in private. So this job was highly coveted.
Combined with my general contempt of authority, the story pretty much wrote itself.
Reactions have been almost entirely positive, aside from some people who are really grossed out by bodily functions.
Read the full interview here.