I have read all of his books (my favorite is The Coal Tattoo). They are wonderful stories of family, love and loyalty. And very strong female characters.
Silas spoke about method writing and his use of music to get into the minds of his characters. Later, he took questions from the audience and read passages from Eli the Good and his newest book, Same Sun Here, which he wrote in collaboration with New York City writer Neela Vaswani.
Although we are from opposite sides of the state and he is much younger, there are similarities between us.
We both grew up in storytelling families and lived near our grandparents and other relatives. We knew everyone in the little communities in which we were born. He, too, was subjected to hellfire-and-damnation sermons each Sunday morning and grew up obsessing about the Rapture.
I wrote about my experiences in my short story, Lost, which will appear in the September issue of Barely South Review. I worried incessantly about the day when I would be thrown into the fiery pits of hell where I would burn forever and ever without one drop of water for my parched tongue. And I suspect Silas did the same.
Silas House is a wonderful human being and very talented. I predict we will hear much more from this young Kentucky writer in the years to come.