Rattling language; wanting to write: Gay Degani on fiction collections and the writing life

It’s funny how writers find each other. Sometimes we meet at readings or conferences. Sometimes we’re fans of each other’s works. Sometimes we have mutual acquaintances and become friends online. With author Gay Degani, it’s been all three: I met Gay in a Facebook group for writers at almost the same time that I discovered … More Rattling language; wanting to write: Gay Degani on fiction collections and the writing life

Quite So: David S. Atkinson talks writing, reading, and his new story collection

Last year at AWP, I bunked up with David S. Atkinson. We guzzled coffee by the gallon and talked books for three days. Of course, I was already a fan: I loved David’s first book, Bones Buried in Dirt, and he and I were both guests on an online reading series at the (now sadly … More Quite So: David S. Atkinson talks writing, reading, and his new story collection

Chapbook interviews!

This is a fun surprise! Just before the holidays, I did an interview with the chapbook and novella website Speaking of Marvels, and today that interview went live. I love Speaking of Marvels, by the way. I only recently started reading them — my publisher, sunnyoutside press, sent them my direction — but we need … More Chapbook interviews!

An interview with me at the UW-Platteville creative writing blog

Yesterday, Ryan Werner name-dropped me in his interview with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s creative writing blog. So they contacted me, and today, my interview is online, too. Among the things we talk about: writers in Wisconsin, dreams, snow and Dairy Days and strawberry shortcake in Wisconsin, Sarah Rose Etter and Jac Jemc, fall on the … More An interview with me at the UW-Platteville creative writing blog

Bad Writing

Point me to the advance ticket sales, please! Dan Chaon posted this on his Facebook page, which is where I found it.  Sounds like a fantastic (and potentially depressing) jaunt into cold, blinding reality.  A bit like “the Bulwer-Lytton contest meets 90% of all graduate writing workshops.”  Which is exactly how I’d have pitched this. … More Bad Writing

Interview with Darin Bradley, author of Noise

Darin Bradley‘s apocalyptic novel Noise hit bookshelves, both physical and virtual, today. So I thought I’d ask Darin a few questions about his novel, the apocalypse, and writing in general. The resulting e-mail conversation, which has spanned the past few weeks, has turned out to be very long, which is a good thing, because Darin … More Interview with Darin Bradley, author of Noise