Welcome to the media page for Roadhouse Blues by Malin James. Below, you’ll find large and small cover images, a blurb, author photo, author bio, table of contents, brief outlines, author quotes, interview links, and more.
To-buy page link (live pre-launch): https://go-deeper-press.myshopify.com/products/roadhouse-blues-erotic-stories-by-malin-james
Editors’ contact email: Lana Fox and Jacob Louder – info (at) godeeperpress.com
Launch date: July 11th, 2017
Formats: E-book and print
Large book cover image (1500 x 2250):
Small book cover image (200 x 300):
Malin James, author pic:
Pre-release advert, no frame (300 x 250)
Pre-release advert, frame (300 x 250)
Welcome to Styx—a blue-collar, American town where people can do whatever they like, so long as they don’t advertise. From a 1950s diner to the back of a rocking Camaro, the stories in Roadhouse Blues reveal sex that is by turns romantic, raw, triumphant, and desperate. Meet two women grieving the same man, a bartender looking for anything but love, and a hot, brash newlywed who knows she married a cheat. The local garage is run by a kick-ass woman who gives as fierce as she gets, and the strip club is a place full of whiskey and smoke, where memories are exposed as easily as skin.
“In the end,” writes author Malin James, “sex is about people, and people have motivations, and sometimes those motivations surprise them.”
This is Roadhouse Blues. Surprise is just the beginning.
Bio: Malin James is an essayist, blogger, and short story writer. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Bust, MUTHA, Queen Mob’s Tea House and Medium, as well as in podcasts and anthologies for Cleis Press, Sweetmeats Press and Stupid Fish Productions. Her first collection, Roadhouse Blues, releases this summer (July 11th!) with Go Deeper Press.
Find a longer biography at malinjames.com.
Table of contents:
- Flash, Pop!
- Down & Dirty
- The Things You Do
- Natural Mother
- Love in the Time of War
- Truck Stop
- The Waitress
- Krystal’s Revenge Fuck
- Good Love
- Marlborough Man
- Roadhouse Blues
Queer? Heterosexual? BDSM?
Editor’s note: Roadhouse Blues cannot be neatly assigned as heterosexual or LGBTQ. There are heterosexual and queer characters in the collection, as well as polyamorous and life queer characters, kinky and BDSM characters, and sexual scenarios that cannot be categorized in these ways.
Quotes from Malin James:
You can also read the full interview with Malin James here to get further background on the collection and her writing process.
“What I wanted to do with these stories is get at the passions and private realities that the waitress, the widow, or the new mom probably wouldn’t advertise in church.”
“Writing ‘The Waitress’ was also intense, though much more difficult. The story is about a woman confronting her abusive ex—territory that I’m personally familiar with. I tried to span the entire emotional arc of that relationship, from new love to deeply ingrained fear, all while tying it to her attraction and, later, to her determination to survive […] I felt it was important to portray a survivor in all her complication and strength. It’s one of the stories I’m most proud of in the collection.”
“A lot changed in my personal life as I worked on this collection—I started therapy for PTSD and began uprooting the thorny, often painful mess of my own history. Each story in this collection explores a fundamental question I had to ask myself. I allowed the stories to guide me as I worked through the answers. Sometimes it was hard and I resisted more than once, but in the end I reached a place in my own healing that I may not have otherwise.”
On why she chose linked stories: “I wanted to put together a mosaic and explore life in [the town of Styx] through a variety of experiences. It’s sort of like photography—rather than take a traditional portrait, I wanted to create a collage from as many angles as I could. The tricky thing was choosing which to include. For each story that went into this collection, there’s another waiting in a file.”
“Liz, from ‘Down and Dirty’ […] owns a garage at a time when women aren’t even supposed to know how to change a tire. She has no time or patience for gender norms—either in how she wears her body or in how she conducts her life. She’s a drawling, sarcastic, ass-kicker of a non-conformist who knows how to get what she wants, especially when it comes to sex.”