The most important moment in a writer's life is when they discover their material, because then they'll give it the kind of devotion that it requires.—Askold Melnyczuk, interviewed by William Pierce
I'm not entirely sure why I write about family, but I do know that it hasn't stopped interesting me. You meet and leave other people at different stages of your evolution, whereas family is made up of people who are links in your life, who know you over the course of time and have your complete curriculum vitae in their heads.—Antonya Nelson, interviewed by Jennifer Levasseur and Kevin Rabalais
I've never had writer's block, because whenever I feel worn down, I jump genres and the writing becomes electric and exciting again.—Benjamin Percy, interviewed by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum
There are a hundred things about fiction writing, ninety-nine of them you know already; the last thing I can't teach, and that's the intimacy with the language." But, he said, "It's really easy, you just need to read."—Yiyun Li
Also in issue 53, you'll find this two -page Focus piece:
- Instructions for a Do-It-Yourself Book Tour, by Allison Amend
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