Next up in my series of interviews to celebrate the launch of the new Gutter Books anthology ‘Waiting To Be Forgotten: Stories of Crime and Heartbreak, Inspired by The Replacements’ is Kristi Belcamino, author of Blessed Are The Dead.
Name: Kristi Belcamino
Story Title: Achin’ to Be
Firstly, what drew you to this anthology?
The chance to work with Jay Stringer on a project and, of course, The Replacements.
How did you first get into the band, and what was the first Replacements album you owned?
My high school boyfriend. Pleased To Meet Me.
How would you pitch your story to potential readers?
Nikki Black is a train wreck and probably the most unlikable character I’ve ever written and as a result I adored writing her and writing this story.
This story aside, does music have an important influence on your fiction?
Absolutely. I can’t imagine writing a book without mentioning music in them. I don’t listen to music when I write, but I love listening to music when I revise.
Apart from your own one – do you have any favourite stories in Waiting To Be Forgotten?
For sure. ‘I’m In Trouble’ by Hailey Ardell.
I met Hailey in Chicago in 2015 at Printer’s Row when she won the Mystery Writers of America’s flash fiction contest. She is a terrific writer. I see great things happening for this teenager and her writing.
Do you have any additional publishing plans for the rest of 2016 and 2017?
My first young adult mystery, City of Angels, will be published by Polis Books in spring 2017.
Finally, if you had the opportunity to put together a music-themed anthology, which band or artist would you choose?
U2 for sure. I have four books published and a fifth one coming out in 2017 and I’ve made it a goal to mention at least one U2 song in each of my novels.