Where Honesty Never Ends.
Hello, and welcome to The Review Board. Today, we’d like to present you with the December 2016 Author Spotlight featuring Jonathan Douglas Duran.
Conducting this interview today is our very own No Labels Unleashed.
No Lables, take it away.
Jonathan, thank you for joining us today on The Review Board and congratulations on being chosen as the December Author Spotlight Feature. Let’s jump right into it, shall we?
Yes, the blanks are intentional. I thought it was funny, sort of a ‘’choose-your-own-adventure’ author bio. I dislike writing about myself in the third person, which always makes me feel as if I’m trying to sell myself, so this was just my attempt to take the piss out of a somewhat affected practice.
Certainly – all art contains some inherent struggle of one kind or another. Although, I must admit the stories collected in Cherries in the Snow all came fully formed and were quite easily coaxed out of my head and onto the page.
Lipstick… no kidding. There is a color of lipstick called “cherries in the snow” – I heard a beautiful woman say the name and the phrase struck me. After letting it percolate in my head for a while, and being the morbid personality I am, I found myself thinking not of cherries in the snow, but rather, blood. The mental image and therein the idea of sullying something natural and pure with manmade physical horror was compelling to me. The titular story in the collection popped into my head almost immediately thereafter.
I enjoy reading and creating/appreciating art in a myriad of mediums.
The majority of my current output is screenplays — I’ve been finishing up various television pilots and feature films. My next prose projects on the horizon (that I keep putting off) are another collection of short stories, this time a collection of “funny” ones titled Sad Harmonic, Tragicomic and my long-suffering novel Partridge Flesh, which I’ve recently started working on again with a renewed vigor (I began writing it ten years ago…).
That it’s nonsensical. In the purest form of the movement, Surrealism is a political and social ideology first and foremost– a fact that’s been buried under years of people co-opting the name to stand in for anything psychedelic or weird.
Good art can transform hearts and minds — that always remains a constant.
Explain your answer.
I’m the over-prepared type, planning for every eventuality. The victory is in the preparation.
I take great pride in my role as a person who has not prostituted his principles and ethics to make a quick buck or take the easy way. Someone who can live and succeed in a society without demeaning himself or losing sight of what one finds to be fundamentally important in life.