Brian Allan Skinner will be signing and discussing his book on Saturday, October 13 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at op. cit. books Taos. Shoot Me, Jesus is a novel in short stories. Humor is an essential element of each story. The eleven linked tales move forward and backward in time in the manner of flashbacks and hints, though the plots are always character-driven. It is their realizations, insights, and inner changes that move the collection along. While the characters retain their essences from story to story, the details of their lives change with each story. Their identities are hammered into shape, yet who they are remain consistent. They develop slowly by increased additions of collected personality traits. The author wondered how things might have turned out for the protagonist if he liked men instead of women, or was poor rather than comfortable. A mere ten seconds can mean the difference between life and death. The smallest event can have enormous repercussions down the road. Those are among the concepts explored in this anthology of short stories.
Brian Skinner has written more than 120 published short stories which have appeared in small press and literary magazines in the United States, Canada, and Ireland. He is a former poetry and non-fiction reviewer for Kirkus Reviews and a production artist for Scientific American Newsletters in New York City. In 2015, Brian moved to Taos, New Mexico, which he first visited with his grandmother on a cross-country train trip aboard the Santa Fe Chief in 1960. He quickly settled into the thriving artistic and literary communities of Taos where he draws sustenance and inspiration from his many artist and writer friends.