JW: When did you start writing, Robert?
RR: As a child I use to make up scary stories and drawing horrible pictures to go along with them. I won essay contests at school. When I was 19, I tried to write poetry every day, I did that for 10 years.
JW: Did you write short stories?
RR: When I was 29, I started writing short stories. I have been writing them ever since. Short fiction has become my true passion as far as the arts.
JW: Any favourite crime/noir writers
RR: The first crime fiction I remember reading was in prison. I read a novel by Donald Goines. Favourites? I’d have to say Don Winslow and Frank Bill. Lately, I really enjoy reading crime fiction at Punk Noir Magazine, Flash Fiction Offensive, and Shotgun Honey. I really enjoy short stories by Morgan Boyd and Tom Leins.
JW: What makes a good pulp/crime novel?
RR: In my opinion a good pulp/crime novel has a good story line, characterizations, and mystery involving anti-heroes dealing with violent situations.
JW: Any favourite noir films?
RR: Reservoir Dogs, and Training Day. One of my favourite crime stories was HBO’s The Wire.
JW: Besides writing crime noir, Robert, you also write poems. What may inspire you to write?
RR: Personal life experiences, conversations with people from different walks of life, dreams, and music; countless things can inspire me.
JW: Could you tell us what your next book will be, Robert? Any future plans and projects?
RR: I like writing in a number of different genres. Crime Fiction, Horror, Comedy, even stories with romantic elements. I don’t exactly know what direction I’m going in next but it will definitely be a short story collection.
Bio: Robert Ragan from Lillington NC lives his life for art and writing. He has stories and poetry online at Vext Magazine, Outlaw Poetry, The Dope Fiend Daily, The Rye Whiskey Review, Drinkers Only, Under The Bleachers, Cajun Mutt Press, Punk Noir Magazine, Synchronized Chaos, Terror House Magazine, and Rust Belt Review, Horror Sleeze Trash. Alien Budha Press has published his short story collection “Mannequin Legs and Other Tales”
Bio: John Wisniewski is a writer who resides in NY. He has written for the LA Review of Books, AMFM magazine, and Perfect Sounds Forever. This is his first article with Punk Noir.