Baran-Unland: What types of stories do you find easiest to write and why?
Trusty: Sometimes I think historical features are easier, since the facts are already there and you just mold them into easy to digest pieces. Other times I think fiction is easier since I can create almost every part of those worlds. Neither is completely true though. Every story has its challenges, whether in fiction or non-fiction. If I can get to my eureka moment during production then things usually flow pretty quickly and I suppose the process feels easier at that point, but very rarely have I started any project that I deemed easy right off the bat.
Baran-Unland: Where do you need the most improvement?
Trusty: Coming up with an angle to develop an idea can be tricky. I'd love to improve there, but that can't really be forced and seems to come from nowhere. In the way Mr. Stay Puft "just popped in there" to Ray's mind in "Ghostbusters" is kind of how I am with a creative idea. Beyond that, I want to improve on proper exposition. I feel sometimes I could tell more (or less) of a story and still keep the pacing I want. I'm always striving to improve on endings and dialogue as well.
Baran-Unland: Give a one-line summary about your featured short story.
Trusty: W.P. Kinsella was one of my favorite authors and this story is a tip of the cap to him. Nobody combined a love of baseball with a sense of wonder and mysticism like he did. This story is based around some real historical facts, but largely it's a recollection about simpler, revered times in our lives. Nothing mystical here. (Or is there?)
Baran-Unland: Tell us about your current work-in-progress and/or future works.
Trusty: Currently working on another local baseball history feature for the Herald News, and I always seem to have no less than two pieces of short fiction in the works at any given time. Plus countless dog-eared pages in various books as a reminder to write about those things too. I may even finally throw a collection of some of my short fiction pieces together and release it as a book.
Baran-Unland: Where can people find more information about you?
Trusty: My baseball history blog at radbournsrevenant.com and my portfolio at ktwriting.com.