Thursday, February 11, 2021




Sinners, saints and saviors collide in Bobby Johnston's stories, which chronicle the savagery and poetry of oppressive Catholic upbringing in 1970s Rust-Belt America. Johnston weaves landscapes of transgression and absolution, humor and resilience into his sharp-eyed tapestry of recall.

Book Details

Title: The Saint I Ain’t: Stories from Sycamore Street

Author: Bobby Johnston

Genre: literary fiction, short story, coming of age, Americana, poetry

Publisher: Fomite Press (January 9, 2021)

Print length: 125 pages


A few of your favorite things: musical instruments, classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles, cats.
Things you need to throw out: anxiety, VHS tapes, used guitar strings.

Things you need in order to write: Macbook Pro, time, space.
Things that hamper your writing: Youtube, musical instruments, anxiety.

Things you love about writing: freedom.
Things you hate about writing: juggling projects in progress.

Easiest thing about being a writer: finding inspiration.

Hardest thing about being a writer: engaging on social media.

Things you love about where you live: Dodgers games, incredible variety of restaurants, weather.
Things that make you want to move: traffic, smog, wildfires, earthquakes.

Things you never want to run out of: new musical instruments, new movies to watch, ideas, time, space, old and new friends.
Things you wish you’d never bought: rental of the film Hillbilly Elegy.

Words that describe you: honest, independent, artistically adventurous, stubborn.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t:

Favorite foods: street tacos, BBQ, Asian cuisine, Buffalo wings, Italian sandwiches, cheese, popcorn.
Things that make you want to throw up: fish.

Favorite music: good music of any genre.
Music that make your ears bleed: bad music of any genre.

Favorite beverage: beer.

Something that gives you a pickle face: milk.

Favorite smell: BBQ.

Something that makes you hold your nose: burnt hair.

Something you’re really good at: composing music. 

Something you’re really bad at: dancing.

Something you wish you could do: dancing.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: worry so much.

Last best thing you ate: Buffalo wings.

Last thing you regret eating: Buffalo wings.

Things you’d walk a mile for: The Buffalo Bills. The Los Angeles Dodgers.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: The New England Patriots. The San Francisco Giants.

Things to say to an author: “I bought the printed version.”

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: “It’s not my cup of tea.”

Favorite places you’ve been: Paris, France. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Places you never want to go to again: Las Vegas, Nevada.

Favorite things to do: spend time with family and friends. Jogging.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: house cleaning, changing cat litter box.

Best thing you’ve ever done: being a birth partner with my wife.

Biggest mistake: Not trying out for Jeopardy when I was younger.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: publishing this book.
Something you chickened out from doing: learning to dance.

The last thing you did for the first time: bought property.

Something you’ll never do again: ocean diving (sharks).



Bobby Johnston is a Los Angeles based film composer, multi-instrumentalist, and US Air Force veteran. Bobby’s composer credits include original scores for directors Larry Clark, Laura Gabbert, Stuart Gordon, and Darren Lynn Bousman. Called “A new voice in film” by Film Score Monthly, Johnston broke into the movie industry with an unusual approach to composition; using only acoustic instruments and often performing every instrument himself. In subsequent years, he has accented his process by bringing in many instrumental soloists. Johnston scored the award-winning documentaries City of Gold and Bleed Out (HBO), and his music has been featured extensively on the popular radio program This American Life. The Saint I Ain’t is his first book.

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