John R. Clark is a public librarian in Hartland, Maine. In addition to trading every sort of library material online, he writes young adult fantasy novels as well as weekly newspaper columns on librarianship and slightly left-wing politics. His spare time is filled with gardening and providing consulting services for other Maine libraries. John blogs at http://sennebec.livejournal.com. His Facebook fan page is at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/wizardofhartland and his twitter address is http://twitter.com/sennebec
Your story, “Wall to Wall” describes a uniquely New England crime. What was your inspiration?
This was based on an actual theft. Someone stole 50 feet of stone wall from in front of my late mother’s house. After I got over the shock, I knew I had to write a story about it.
When you’re working on a short story, what comes first, character, plot, setting? How do you build out from the inspiration?
I generally start with something I heard someone say or I see a place I’ve seen a hundred times before in a different light. Then I imagine WHO is part of the story and why. Everything seems to flow from there.
What are you working on now?
I’m around the 295 page mark in the fifth book in my Fantasy series which started 11 years ago with what was then called “The Berek Chronicles” and is now the “Wizard of Simonton Pond” While the series started out as YA, it’s probably more of a crossover, interesting to both teens and adults. The main character is a Maine farm boy who was born with an extra finger on his left hand.