“Most of the time, my characters are unstable; they might be kind or decent people, but they have an aspect of instability in their nature. As a result, usually when they try to address some minor issue, they do something weird that causes even more chaos. So I generally take an unstable element, the character, and see how it reacts to the narrative. Usually, it gets weird. Once one thing gets thrown out of whack, it’s hard to see it getting back to normal and it starts to spiral.
Weirdness is comfortable for me, so, in some ways, it’s a crutch. It’s how I figure out the story, pushing it in a strange direction and seeing what results. Which is why, honestly, a lot of my stories fail, because sometimes it’s just weirdness for no real reason. Or I have to pull back and try to add more depth and shading to the narrative, to make it more understandable for me. I don’t think a writer has much of an obligation to anyone or anything, other than to tell a compelling story. And, even then, that’s a debatable position. But my favorite writers generally try to take something understandable and familiar and bend it into a strange shape.”
—from “The Weird Is All Right: An Interview with Kevin Wilson” (check out Wilson’s short story, “Ashes”)