I felt a bit confused at the end, like I missed something. So, was everyone dead in this town? Or was it a town living in conjunction with the dead?
Living in conjunction with the dead. Accepting them as a part of the town, its history, its life, its soul.
If this pastor had simply softened his approach and been much more understanding and open to the environment he was now living in, would he have survived in that town?
Sure, the previous pastor certainly did. It comes down to acceptance and tolerance.
Would you want to come back and live as a ghost within your own town?
I really have no idea. I don’t like to think about those things in relation to myself.
If you had a message for readers about this story or writing in general, what would you say?
I really don’t know. Writing to me is just something I have to do. Even if I wasn’t getting published, I would still write. I had my first story published in 1988… and my second in 2004. But I never stopped writing. Yes, it’s like an obsession. Sure, a lot of what I write is rubbish, but I have to write, to get it out of me. I cannot imagine not writing. It is as much a part of me as eating and thinking.
Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
I’ve had 50-plus things published, mainly short stories, but some poetry, one novella and a few essays. My next novella (due out late 2019, early 2020) is probably going to be one of my better things. But of the stuff I’ve had published thus far, maybe the two pieces in The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol 3: Monster Bash – ‘A Visit From Zombie Nicholas’ (a parody poem), and ‘Another Endless Night’, a short story – have had the best feedback. The book can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Undead-That-Saved-Christmas-Monster/dp/1937758311 (cheap plug!).
You can read S. Gepp’s new piece “Soul of the Town” in Issue Nine of The Ginger Collect!