VOTM: What's the most unusual experience you've ever had at a reading?
FORSYTHE: I have a story called Blitzenkrieg about cockroaches wanting to get back at Santa for when one of his reindeer squashed a cockroach, so they try to steal a nuclear bomb. It was December, so naturally I wore a red Santa cap and brought along a large rubber cockroach, 5 or 6 inches long. I hid the rubber roach until the point in the story when the cockroaches start attacking Santa, at which time I pulled out the cockroach to pretend it was attacking me. But it kinda slipped out of my grasp and ended up smacking someone in the head. (The curious can read the cockroach story at Jersey Devil Press.)
RYAN FORSYTHE grew up in Cleveland eating meat at every meal but now lives in California with vegetarians. He is the author of the novel Dick Cheney Saves Paris and the children's book (for adults) The Little Veal Cutlet That Couldn't. He is pursuing the MFA in fiction at San Diego State, where he also serves as Assistant Editor with Fiction International.