Jon Sealy is an author of three novels and the publisher of Haywire Books.
In The Merciful (Haywire Books, 2021) by Jon Sealy nineteen-year-old Samantha James is killed while riding her bike home from work in a small coastal town one dark summer night in South Carolina. It’s a hit and run, and when they learn who did it, the townspeople want Daniel Hayward, the alleged driver, to pay for his crime. The headlines are compelling, but the truth is unclear. Everyone has an opinion - the media, the prosecutor, the defense attorney, Daniel, and Samantha’s family. Delving into each of the characters, the author pauses to reflect on culture, social pressures, family, and history. Ultimately, The Merciful is a morality play about one moment, one accident, one decision, and the way an instant can change the course of a life forever. Jon Sealy is the author of The Whiskey Baron, The Edge of America, and The Merciful, as well as the craft book So You Want to Be a Novelist. An upstate South Carolina native, he has a degree in English from the College of Charleston and an MFA in fiction writing from Purdue University. He currently lives with his family in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia, where he is the publisher of Haywire Books. When he's not writing or editing, you'll probably find him lifting weights in his garage, playing "swing monster" with his kids, or rafting on a river. I interview authors of beautifully written literary fiction and mysteries, and try to focus on independently published novels, especially by women and others whose voices deserve more attention. If your upcoming or recently published novel might be a candidate for a podcast, please contact me via my website, gpgottlieb.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm
Bill welcomes novelist and publisher Jon Sealy to the show. Jon Sealy is the author of The Whiskey Baron, The Edge of America, and The Merciful, as well as the craft book So You Want to Be a Novelist. An upstate South Carolina native, he has a degree in English from the College of Charleston and an MFA in fiction writing from Purdue University. His short fiction has appeared in The Normal School, PANK, and The Sun, among other venues, and his nonfiction has appeared in The Rumpus, The Millions, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He currently lives with his family in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia, where he is the publisher of Haywire Books. Don't miss it!
Jenny sits down in the Reading Envy Pub with author and publisher Jon Sealy. After we talk about the state of publishing and Jon's current projects, we also discuss books we've read and liked recently. Some books are just better in audio, some are necessarily dark, while others clear away the gloom.Download or listen via this link: Reading Envy 169: Simulacrum with Jon SealySubscribe to the podcast via this link: FeedburnerOr subscribe via Apple Podcasts by clicking: SubscribeOr listen through TuneIn Or listen on Google Play Listen via StitcherListen through Spotify Books discussed: The Overstory by Richard PowersThe Circle of Karma by Kunzang ChodenFaithful Place by Tana FrenchThe Line Becomes a River by Francisco CantúThe Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann GoldsteinThe Restaurant of Love Regained by Ito Ogawa, translated by David Karashima Other mentions:Jenny's trip to the South Carolina Book Festival in 2014 (where she saw Jon Sealy talk about his book right before a panel of Pat Conroy's siblings)The Whiskey Baron by Jon SealyHub City PressEureka Mill by Ron RashLike a Family by Jacquelyne Dowd Hall et alFate Moreland's Widow by John LaneThe Last Ballad by Wiley CashThe Edge of America by Jon SealyHaywire BooksHummingbird House by Patricia HenleyFirebird by Mark PowellSmall Treasons by Mark PowellThe Good Luck Stone by Heather Bell Adams The Echo Maker by Richard PowersOrfeo by Richard PowersIn the Woods by Tana FrenchThe Witch Elm by Tana FrenchMy Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Neopolitan Novels #1)Chocolat by Joanne HarrisTiny Love: The Complete Stories of Larry Brown by Larry Brown (forthcoming)All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi CoatesRelated Episodes:Episode 012 - Some Bookers and Some Madness Episode 024 - The Attention of Humanity with guests Seth Wilson and Barret Newman  Episode 130 - All the Jennifers with Fern RonayEpisode 167 - Book Pendulum with ReggieStalk us online:Jenny at GoodreadsJenny on TwitterJenny is @readingenvy on Instagram and LitsyJon on TwitterJon on Facebook Jon's website with tour infoHaywire Books websiteHaywire Books on FacebookSome of these links are Amazon affiliate links, where I do get a minor kickback when people click on them. But many of the links on today's post link to the small presses publishing the books, and although I receive no kickback on those links, I would love for you to support those publishers and writers.
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Richmond, Virginia, United States of America
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3
Podcast Count
3
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1 hour, 7 minutes
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