T. John Bartlett

What inspired your piece?
I’m an avid hiker, and once I came across a moose skeleton that was a little startling at first. I began thinking how I would have reacted if they had been human remains, and my Lovecraft/King/Twilight Zone-addled mind did the rest.

Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
It’s nearly impossible to settle on one, but I’ll go with Frank Norris. I’ve probably read McTeague more times than any other novel.

What seasons do you find you write the most in?
Most inspired by Autumn, but most prolific in Winter.

Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
I’ve recently taken up herbal teas, which seems to compliment writing in some way. I try to resist snacks otherwise. It leads to crumbs and the like in the keyboard.

What do you want readers to take away from your piece?
Nothing really, other than a moment of enjoyment if they liked it. I’m very humbled and very grateful anytime someone else enjoys reading something I wrote. I also realize that with the countless hours I’ve enjoyed reading during my life, I’ve taken far more than I could ever give back.

Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
Yes. Very much so.

Do you have any future writing plans?
Just to continue!


You can read T. John Bartlett’s piece “Old Bones” in Issue Five of The Ginger Collect.

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