With the dawning of my first published piece – I’ve gained some new readers and with that some fun new questions. So I thought I’d take a moment to answer those questions here – between the pages….
Question from a reader in Johannesburg – “How much of your real life makes it into your stories?”
The long and the short of it is this – don’t let the truth get in the way of a great story. That’s at least what I told him right off the bat. Lol.
Truthfully a lot of my life makes it into my pulp – but maybe not in the same context as in the tale. For instance, in the piece I wrote specifically for BelleSF “Long Tall Glass of Water” – my tale ended at the Sutro Baths – a fixture in San Francisco History. I have been to the Sutro Baths a billions times, with various different people – thus very different experiences each time. It is one of my favorite places ever. So I’ve added it to every tale I write.
Come to think of it – when I first started writing – and developing my Pulp World – places are what stirred me. The Cliff House and the Sutro Baths are the birth place for almost all my tales. But coming to realize that was harder than expected.
I thought a Pulp World would have to be set in Noir City itself – New York. But I’ve never been to the big apple – so I didn’t know what I was writing about. I was reading all I could and looking at photos – walking through the streets on Google Maps. But that was armchair traveling. One day, my husband said to me – write about what you know – where you’ve been. All great writers write about what they know.
That’s all we can do.
So I turned to my city – the apple of my eye – San Francisco. And you know – we’re pretty damn pulpy ourselves. One of the first comments I ever got was from a New Yorker stating – “When I first read your bio I was like – there is no way San Francisco is a pulp town. I stand corrected.” It was an awesome moment for me – because I got to share the city I love in any light I wanted.
Next facet – people, moments and experiences. There is a little bit of me in each character and each moment. Sometimes I get to write to get my frustrations out – that’s how Vendetta Blank was born (Read here tale here: PART 1: http://wp.me/p1CgO3-6G). Sometimes I write about moments that stayed with me. Long Tall Glass of Water was one of those moments. So surreal when I look back at that night. So many Coulda – Shoulda – Woulda’s. But we can’t change the past. Well we can’t.
But a writer can do what ever the fuck they want.
I don’t remember the name of the boy that inspired Long Tall Glass of Water.
But I remember that night. I remember each moment of it – it was easy to recall. Like it was yesterday. He was a long tall glass of water, that goofy smile, combed back hair, the thrill of the moment, the flirt, the game.
Anyway, so yes a lot of my own life makes it into the tales. One way or another.
Please enjoy some photos I found of the Sutro Baths at https://www.instagram.com/pulpbypaigeturner/
A reader from London asks – “Who is this William you often write of?”
This questions made me laugh. No – he isn’t a real man. I’ve actually never dated a William. However, I have always loved the name specifically due to the nickname Billy. I love the nickname Billy. Billy the Kid – Cowboys – the Wild West – San Francisco. These are my favorite tings. So, there will always be a Billy in my Pulp. My mom tells me – my first neighbor growing up was a toe-headed, blue eyed angle named Billy and we were two toddlers in a pod. Playing outside all day, everyday. He moved before I was old enough to remember him on my own – but I suppose there is an imprint of our young shenanigans, when the world was shiny and new. So he’ll always make an appearance in my tales.
Question from Hawaii – “Are you paid to write?”
I wish! No, I am a hobby novelist. I am not paid to write. My article in BelleSF was by the grace and kindness of the editors to even give me a shot. (THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!)
I share my Pulp on my blog, working on a collaboration with Thrill Society for a feature! Dreaming big and pounding the keys away. Thank you for reading – you rock!
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Paige Turner is my writing name; Writing Pulp is the game.
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