Kane S. Latranz is the author of autobiography "Waking From the American Dream: 10 Mile." Read an interview with Latranz in Albuquerque the Magazine.
Why did you start writing?
I've always had a bent for language and for creative expression generally, including throughout a great deal of trauma in my early life. I did a lot of writing and reading in earnest, as well as experimenting with visual art during a kind of bittersweet lost period in my early 20s when things settled down enough for me to assess the world and my life and myself during a period of comparative peace.
Why are you still writing?
I have grown as a writer over decades and there is a novel that I need to get out of my system that will serve the purpose of looking at my life in metaphor and at the human condition. All of this is in relation to spirituality and consumer society, as well as animals and this planet. I have enjoyed varying degrees of success and writing and art have become really what I have in this world.
What is your favorite venue to read and hear poetry and writing in the Albuquerque area?
Probably R.B. Winnings although I have not been in a while.
Do you consider yourself to be a genre writer, mainstream writer, slam poet, literary writer, cowboy poet, etc.? Why?
I guess literary if one must be categorized. I am not a rapper or a cowpoke, or by any means a rapping cowboy, and my linguistic tendency leans toward some degree of refinement and everything. =P
What is your writing process like? Do you start with an image, concept, or phrase? Do you write poems from beginning to end or in pieces?
Well, I write a lot of nonfiction and some fiction as well as poetry. I think with fiction my stories tend to be rooted in imagery and emotion that I attempt to then render in words in a way that hopefully entertains and which find a path of some sort of coherent beginning, middle, and end. Poems often pop into my head, tending to be more about playing with words although I have published some science related conceptual stuff.
Are there certain subjects you find yourself drawn to?
Well I do tend to follow the axiom of "write what you know," having completed an autobiography not long ago. I also find appeal in generally a more antiquated poetic notion of dark fantasy and horror, these things often as kind of romantic notions rather than the "torture porn" that seems to dominate our utilitarian culture. I also like to deal with issues like spirituality and science poetically. I have a lot of my own ideas about these subjects including in their relation to one another, and I find that poems can be an eclectic economical way to convey complex ideas on such subjects.
Who are your influences and how have they impacted you?
Certainly Poe and Stoker. Jack London, Ambrose Bierce. I have enjoyed a lot of nonfiction as well such as by Viennese naturalist Konrad Lorenz, Barry Lopez, Roger S. Jones, and Stephen Hawking. Then too I read a lot of small press science fiction, fantasy and horror magazines when I used to review them. The nonfiction certainly broadens one's knowledge base and all the other writers reveal possibilities of style, structure, language, and mood.
What is your profession? Does it help or interfere with your writing?
I survive as a cab driver. People often seem to feel that this is a treasure trove of interaction with a wide array of whacky and fascinating characters. I am sure it has some of that effect but for the most part I seem to tune out my job as it is a job. It does also afford me a lot of free time which at my best I put to good use.
What advice would you offer to new writers?
Classes and workshops can be helpful. I think it is also good to be adaptable and to consider different kinds of writing. This has a number of benefits. I started out a stubborn poet and aspiring fiction writer but took the opportunity to write for the UNM college paper, the Lobo, briefly, which was far simpler and easier than other forms of writing, and easier to get published in some semi-professional capacity. It also works the writing muscle in different ways and simplifies the process as well as objectifying it a bit. It helped me to publish elsewhere later too such as in The Alibi for four years. I have written and published erotica, speculative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, so I think it is good to diversify. My writing name is Kane S. Latranz, which is taken from the scientific name for a coyote, Canis Latrans, and they are all about adaptation and survival.