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Smoking With Simon Jacobs

Interview by Stefanie Freele (Read the Story) September 25, 2012

Simon Jacobs

art by Eleanor Leonne Bennett

I admire greatly the structure of “Partners”—how did you decide on this structure and how did you work the driving of this story? For instance, did “the history of their running away” come upon you in a linear fashion? In blocks or segments of location (jungle, sea, volcano, suburb)? Was there a plan all along to have this segmented?

I picked several extreme environments to test the footing of these two, places you only get to because something’s gone wrong. I knew I wanted them to end up in the suburbs because there was no way they could last there. It is always the aftermath of something, and there is always a plan to get derailed.

The inspiration for this story?

People who love each other but who at times hate each other too. Prickly people.

There are so many terrific lines in your story, but tell me more about this one, “We won’t last long before we’re discovered.” Will there be more about these two? Will they be discovered in another story?

They’ll be discovered if they’re not careful. They have a looooong history, so there’s lots more to say. Plus there’s the others, before they met. Oh God, the others. And the folks they’re running from. Yes yes, there will be more. Reams.

Where did you write “Partners”—tell us about the setting behind the writer.

I wrote it in a hotel room in Israel over the summer and on the bus. I needed something to cheer me up. It did the trick. Now I’m back at school and I need more cheer. So I’m writing LOTS.

About the Author

Simon Jacobs is a young writer from Ohio. He curates the Safety Pin Review, a wearable medium for work under 30 words, and nurses bad vibes in the corners of simonajacobs.blogspot.com.

About the Interviewer

Stefanie Freele is the 2008 Kathy Fish Fellowship Writer-In-Residence for SmokeLong Quarterly. She has an MFA from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts: Whidbey Writers Workshop. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train, American Literary Review, Talking River, Literary Mama, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, FRiGG, wigleaf, Cafe Irreal, Permafrost, Hobart, Cezanne’s Carrot, and Contrary.

About the Artist

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is an internationally award winning artist of over fifty awards. She was the CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of The Year in 2013. Eleanor’s photography has been published in British Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Her work has been displayed around the world consistently for six years since the age of thirteen. Last year she did the anthology cover for the incredibly popular Austin International Poetry Festival. She is also featured in Schiffer’s “Contemporary Wildlife Art” published last spring.

This interview appeared in Issue Thirty-Seven of SmokeLong Quarterly.
SmokeLong Quarterly Issue Thirty-Seven
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