In our first of four episodes this week previewing Andersonville Midsommarfest (June 8-10, 2018), we are treated to a special conversation with local author David Jay Collins, who you can meet in person at Midsommarfest this weekend! David is the indie author of Gaybash, a story about love, friendship, and consequences for trying to be someone else; and Summerdale, a haunted house thriller set in Andersonville and due to release this October. We even hear excerpts from both novels in this episode!
“To have complete strangers connect with what I’ve done and what I’ve written means the world to me, and has encouraged me to keep going.”
– David Jay Collins on Gaybash
Listen to Episode 12.1 with David Jay Collins!
Here are some of the references from Episode 12.1 that you may want to check out:
- The title, “Gaybash,” was chosen to be provocative and eye-catching. Gaybash is available to purchase locally at Women and Children First (5233 N. Clark ) or online via David’s website.
- Laura mentions the 5 tenants David follows as an artists and writer. View them on his website here.
- David mentions he was inspired by The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, which uses non-traditional writing methods to engage the reader in the story, and is considered by many to be one of the first mystery novels
- Along with writing, David makes art with paper. He notes the parallels between expectations in art, and the expectations made when fleshing out a character in the novel. He has donated some of his work to the Chicago House, and you can view the artwork gallery on his website.
- David is drawn to local areas and neighborhoods, and while Summerdale will focus on Andersonville, Gaybash is set in Lakeview and pays homage to businesses such as Roscoes.
- Summerdale, due to release Part 1 in October 2018, is going to be a part of a series that releases every October. Collins mentions that the upcoming release will not have full conclusions, but will continue through the years.
- David chose Andersonville for the open-minded, diverse, and welcoming community that the neighborhood creates. He hopes the business owners in Andersonville are okay with the Devil stopping in for brunch!
- Businesses mentioned in this episode include Cowboys and Astronauts (1478 W Summerdale), TrueNorth Café (5507 N Clark), Brimfield (5219 N. Clark ) and Transistor (5224 N. Clark), but David would trade places with the staff at Women and Children First if given the chance!
- The Kickstarter campaign for Summerdale is now live. Support David’s work!
“I wanted this to be read by anyone, and understood by anyone, and could inspire anyone at the same time.”
– David Jay Collins
David’s booth will be located at Midsommarfest just north of the Andersonville Chamber booth at Clark and Berwyn on the west side of Clark for Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Come say hello!
Visit David Jay Collins on these platforms:
Kickstarter: Summerdale, and LGTB Horror Series