What goes through the mind of a writer? #InnerDemons edition

To find out, we took to Twitter…

Her current collection, Bystanders, is available today,

and Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons

is gearing up for re-release!


? How do you classify your writing style? ?

? What are 3 words to describe Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons? ?

? Why create etiquette guides for such unusual topics like adultery and obesity? ?

? You call them “dark etiquette.” How did you choose the topics for the stories? ?

? What was the greatest challenge in writing this book? ?

? How do you get so many of your short pieces placed? ?

? What helps you transition from short stories to flash to essays and back? ?

? What are things you look for in pieces for @SmokeLong? ?

? What’s a @SmokeLong piece that has struck a chord recently? ?

? Favorite book(s) from 2015/2016? ?

Learn more about Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons

The best-selling indie hit returns! This revised, expanded edition of Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons brings the darker side of social behavior back to the shelves. Tara Laskowski’s demonically clever stories break the rules of a “decent” society, providing a definitive guide on the etiquette of obesity, dementia, infertility, homicide, arson, and more.

Blending humor with a sharp social commentary, Laskowski introduces us to cynical yet sympathetic characters as each story unfolds. Snarky but optimistic, these characters are the folks you want sitting next to you at your next dinner party…or in your prison cell.

Read up on Bystanders, available today…

Legacies of violence and tragedy haunt these thirteen stunning stories from Tara Laskowski, author of Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons. A woman who becomes obsessed with her co-worker’s murderer; an investigative reporter with a nose for scandal finds his own life suddenly unraveling; eerie sights in a video baby monitor haunt a new mother. When the unexpected happens, these bystanders—who are not always innocent—come face to face with their own choices and fates.

Bound together by danger, fear, paranoia, and the bumps we all hear in the night, these potent stories illuminate the darker side of the human condition. From a vicious newspaper strike that rocks a small Pennsylvania community to an unpredictable road trip in the vast desert of the American West, Bystanders explores the ways in which terror and uncertainty both consumes and invigorate us—and yet reveal our strengths, hopes, and passions.

Selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the SFWP Literary Awards Program, 2010, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler.

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