What inspired this story?
I’ve wanted to write a story about wine for a long time because it’s a simultaneously hifalutin and universal. Everyone’s got their favorite region – Mosel, Bordeaux, Willamette Valley – but the truth is that grapes, like cows and chickens, can technically live anywhere that isn’t super extreme. So, I decided to stick a wine-lover in a job that tests out extreme weather. BRCW is a company that has reared it’s head in other stories that I’ve written, and this industrial kraken seemed like a good place to pit professional life against personal interest.
Would you take up a job like this one? It seems lonely in both a beneficial and possibly alienating way.
Like three years ago, I would have jumped on it. Instead, I started dating the woman who would become my wife and now we’re expecting our first kid, so I’m at a point in my life where closeness is important to me. If I didn’t have a family to come home to, then I would probably accept a job in the middle of nowhere just for the adventure and freedom. I know a lot of people who take solitary jobs because they have no obligations and they expect to try new things.
If you had a message for readers about this story or writing in general, what would you say?
My favorite authors write about New York, Scotland, or the Deep South, as well as Kansas, but none of them try to skimp on setting. Even if the details get edited out, nobody really gets away with just using “the city” or “a small town.” There’s always a detailed place behind the story.
Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
BRCW sells earthquakes in a flash piece, but it’s a personal fave. It’s available from The Free Library of the Internet Void. https://internetvoid.com/2018/05/08/a-word-from-our-sponsors-by-aaron-heil/
You can read Aaron Heil’s new piece “Terrior” in Issue Nine of The Ginger Collect!