Titus Green comes from China.
How long have you been writing? I have been ‘writing’ since early adulthood, although it wasn’t until my I reached my forties that I harnessed my creativity properly and achieved the control of language and discipline required to produce publishable literature. I was a late starter.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? Conveying the colossal tragedy of Syria’s destruction in Odyssey of Tears, published by Sediments magazine in 2016. The story is dedicated to the people of that vandalized nation.
What projects of yours have been recently published? The Unsynchronized Death, a speculative story with a controversial stance on the paternity of ISIS and other global terrorist groups was published by Literally Stories in October 2017. The same publication also accepted Profiteers of the Second Chance Saloon, a dark allegory on the exploitability of bad deeds, a few months later. Angel Deleted, a cautionary tale about the excesses of smart-phone self-portrait photography has recently made it through the ‘final cut’ selection phase with Allegory magazine, so my fingers are crossed for that one.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? I recently completed the first draft of a story called Cindy Exposes. It was inspired by the distasteful fixation of modern TV content producers, especially in the UK, of exploiting misery and conflict for purposes of ‘entertainment’. The story ‘s central character is Cindy, a disintegrating, drug-addicted celebrity forced onto a humiliating daytime ‘bare all’ confessional for financial reasons and manipulated into accepting free televised ‘therapy’ in return for luring in viewers. However, the programme and the viewers get more than they bargained for when the horrifying events behind Cindy’s inner demons emerge.
Where can we find your work? All my published short stories can be read on my website, which is http://titusgreenfiction.com/
How do you react to rejections? Writers need to be stoical and mentally resilient in the twenty-first century, in an era where it seems more and more publishers, both in the mainstream and small press arena, are becoming very prescriptive and ideological in their tastes. I am calm when rejected and do not take the Dear John e-mails personally, since I’m realistic and understand that it’s a buyer’s market. I also value editorial feedback, if given.
How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? Naturally I am delighted. It’s very rare when an editor has sympathy with your message and agrees with your vision. The privilege of being able to share this with a wider audience is profound.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Never lose sight of exactly what your motivation to write is, because ultimately this will guide what you put onto the page and shape the destiny of the work. While seeking fame, validation, money and respect is a legitimate writing drive, I personally think communicating truths about the human experience in a compelling way is a more noble artistic goal.
What is your favorite book? Such a difficult question! Perhaps Don Quixote because Cervantes’ humanity is a beacon, with a light still visible centuries later.
Who is your favorite author? I cannot isolate one, but Joseph Conrad, Edgar Allen Poe, Jorge Luis Borges, Ferdinand Celine, Jean Genet, Johnathan Swift, Frederick Prokosch, Brett Easton Ellis, JG Ballard and Juvenal have all been influential to me.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? Perhaps Marlowe from Heart of Darkness, because he was very perceptive about the world’s real power structures, and I would like him to share his insight.
What is your preferred drink while you write? Coffee, although these days it needs to be decaffeinated.
Shakespeare or Bukowski? Shakespeare because he is still an exquisite historical enigma. Did he really do it all, or did Francis Bacon do some moonlighting for the Lord Chamberlain’s men?
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