Jennifer Cie’s Down On The Other Street
Jennifer’s newest book, The Other Street, is out now. It’s a collection of five short stories that I know you’ll want to read. I got a chance to interview Jennifer and it was so much fun. After the interview you can see all of the details about the book, plus an excerpt of one of the stories. At the very bottom you can enter for a chance to win an e-copy of the book.
Amanda C. Stone: Good morning! I’m so glad you decided to join me today for the interview. If you could travel anywhere all expenses paid where would you go? Also, name one thing you’d see or do there.
Jennifer Cie: All expenses paid? I would weasel my way into going two places. The first one would be Germany. I lived there as a child, while my father was in the military. I would love to go back and see how some of my earliest childhood memories look now.
ACS: I bet it would be interesting to see how some things have changed and others have changed.
JC: Then, depending on how amazing or depressing that experience feels, I’d hop on over to Switzerland –for skiing and Tina Turner sightings.
ACS: Tina Turner sightings? How did I not know she lived there? Send paparazzi pictures when you see her! There is magically 25 hours in a day. What would you do with the extra hour?
JC: I should say work out or write more, but I honestly think I would either wind up reading books outside or watching Netflix. It’s a tossup haha.
ACS: It’s funny, pretty much everyone says they would try to do something exciting or noble but would wind up just chilling. You are on a deserted island and can have only one book with you. What book would it be?
JC: Ooh. This is not an easy question. It would have to be a really long book…
ACS: I know! I love seeing what people would bring to pass the time.
JC: I would bring the thickest collection of fables and greek myths I could find, and hope it lasts for a few weeks haha.
ACS: Hooray! Mythology fans unite! *high five* If there were a movie about your life, who would you want to play you? It can be anyone alive or dead.
JC: Angela Bassett and Meryl Strep. It could be a movie about my childhood and they would be the first choice- together. They. Are. Amazing. They could just wear nametags or something during the whole movie so the audience would know they’re playing the same character. I love them.
ACS: Oh man that would be an epic cast for sure! I’d love to see those two in another movie together. If you were a candy bar what would you taste like?
JC: I’d love to say something chocolatey with almonds, but I probably would taste like a Sour Patch kid haha. No, seriously, I think that I would taste like a bittersweet Dutch chocolate that has a smooth, almost milk chocolatey, finish to it. Although, that could be the hunger talking haha.
ACS: Gotta say my hunger is talking too because now I want something sweet and bitter at the same time. Thank you so much for joining me Jennifer. It was such a pleasure. While I’m off finding treats, read all about the book!
Long winded, unemployed, and timid, on the first date Brendan Bloom is already in love. Comfortably arched over his body, Ryan contemplates murder. Cold, necklace gleaming against the pale tint of her collarbone, the passenger could have mercy. Not a little black book, but a faded love letter out from under the sheets. Some romances ignite on sight, others flare at the base of waterless tubs soaked in agitation. Rooted in the South, this collection of short stories delivers five electric confessions of love, sexuality, and identity across time.
“You’re not asking someone studied—you know? I guess the rough kind of good. Like when you floss your teeth till your gums bleed. Hurts a bit, but the taste and feel are good to you.”
My first “real” talk came from you in 1992. I was fourteen sitting on the edge of my father’s leather recliner watching you cut the edges off a peanut butter sandwich. You didn’t have any tattoos back then. You had on this red sweater with blue stripes swishing through it. That pesky string of acne was still running down your right cheek when you offered me half of the sandwich.
“Anna. Why do you want to know about sex—from me?”
I wanted to tell you that the walls in my house had grown thin. Even with the stretches of screeching cars passing by and gargled whispers from the Mississippi River outside, I could hear everything tiptoeing inside. The high pitched turned guttural shrieks the women in my brother’s magazines evoked. The sound of the calluses on his hands attacking flesh like rubberized sandpaper; then, the wheezing attack followed by a hushed “guuu-ah” and tissues sopping up warm ooze. The late-night lullaby to my summers had changed, and I wanted to know the words.
–Excerpt from Intellectuals Are Fools
Jennifer Cie is a Tennessee native who loves taking aimless road trips, taste testing whiskey and low grade tequila—for science, and writing about social issues in everyday life. Self-proclaimed writer of “two cups of morning coffee” length books, Cie is the author of the fictional work Memphis Rain, creative non-fiction memoir Burn It, and the upcoming collection of short stories entitled Down On The Other Street.
When she is not getting lost driving across state lines, you can find her rambling about book formatting, poor life decisions, and everything in between on her blog: www.journeytopaperback.com.
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