Interview: Author ‘Luke Geddes’ Talks His Debut Novel Heart Of Junk

courtesy of Stephanie Stone

My short story collection, I am a Magical Teenage Princess, published in 2012, has received praise from The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Rain Taxi, etc., as well as the authors Roxane Gay, Chris Bachelder, Alissa Nutting, etc.

My “work” has appeared in Conjunctions, Mid-American Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Washington Square, The Comics Journal, Electric Literature, etc.

I also make collage art.

I’m from Appleton, WI originally and I now live in Cincinnati.

Check out his website here and Twitter. The book is in stores on Tuesday, January 21st. You can listen below to the interview.

Tour Dates:

January 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Joseph-Beth w/ Leah Stewart

January 22 – Perrysburg, OH – Gathering Volumes

January 23 – Ann Arbor, MI – Literati Bookstore w/ Michael Zadoorian

January 27 – St. Louis, MO – Left Bank Books w/ Scott Phillips

January 28 – Wichita, KS – Watermark Books

January 29 – Denver, CO – Tattered Cover w/ Adam Vitcavage

January 30 – Dallas, TX – Interabang Books w/ Mike Merschel

February 6 – Oxford, MS – Thacker Mountain Radio

The city of Wichita, Kansas, is wracked with panic over the abduction of toddler pageant princess Lindy Bobo. However, the dealers at The Heart of America Antique Mall are too preoccupied by their own neurotic compulsions to take much notice. Postcards, perfume bottles, Barbies, vinyl records, kitschy neon beer signs—they collect and sell it all.

Rather than focus on Lindy, this colorful cast of characters is consumed by another drama: the impending arrival of Mark and Grant from the famed antiques television show Pickin’ Fortunes, who are planning to film an episode at The Heart of America and secretly may be the last best hope of saving the mall from bankruptcy. Yet the mall and the missing beauty queen have more to do with each other than these vendors might think, and before long, the group sets in motion a series of events that lead to surprising revelations about Lindy’s whereabouts. As the mall becomes implicated in her disappearance, will Mark and Grant be scared away from all of the drama or will they arrive in time to save The Heart of America from going under?

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