Chris McCormickis the author of a story collection, Desert Boys, and a novel, The Gimmicks. His essays and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Tin House, Ploughshares, and The Offing. He is Associate Professor in the creative writing program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is at work on his next book.
From the Archives: “I think characters resist being known in the way real people do. When I start to construct a character, I never begin with their deep dark secrets or biggest fears or hidden shame. I usually start with the surface details—physical features, occupation, interests—and over time, I learn the things the character secretly wants or hates or tries to hide.”
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