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Interview: Daniel Clausen (The Ghosts of Nagasaki)

Ghosts, memories… There is more to fantasy than dragons and swords. Today author Daniel Clausen is stopping by to talk about his book The Ghosts of Nagasaki, an interesting magic realism effort. You can find out more about his book on Goodreads, or buy it on Amazon for just $0.99.

The Interview

Nyx Book Reviews: Hi Daniel, welcome to Nyx Book Reviews. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Daniel Clausen: I read too much. Sometimes, I write too much. Luckily, I do most other things in moderation. Up until this very moment of my life, I’ve been most proud of my short story collection, The Lexical Funk. The book was almost everything I wanted it to be. In a year or so, I hope I can look back with some kind of objectivity and say that Ghosts of Nagasaki was a great book.

Could you describe your book, The Ghosts of Nagasaki, in one sentence?
The book is a novel of ghostly possession, memory, and (perhaps) redemption that is real from a certain point of view.

What makes your book stand out from other books in the fantasy genre?
The book is a specific kind of fantasy: magic realism. Fans of pure fantasy may not like this book. Fans of pure ghosts stories will probably not like this book. Fans of Haruki Murakami will find some elements very familiar and likable. People who believe that mortgage-backed securities and unionized ghosts share a mystical relationship will find this novel perhaps the most truest thing they have ever read.

Do you have a certain writing routine?
I’ve been trying to find a writing routine for well over a decade. I think my writing routine is cyclical: I binge for a little bit and then I purge. I also go through phases: right now, I spend my time writing letters to friends.

Do you still have time to read yourself? If so, what have you lately read that you enjoyed?
Of course! Reading is even more important than writing. I’m reading a Raymond Carver short story collection very slowly. If you’re a wannabe writer, you should read slowly, and many of your favorite books more than once.

Thank you for answering my questions (:
Thank you for having me. Anyone who has any questions about The Ghosts of Nagasaki can email me.

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