Chris McCormickis the debut author of Desert Boys, out from Picador. His essays and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Tin House, Ploughshares, and The Offing. He teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he earned his MFA and won two Hopwood Awards. He’s at work on his second book, a novel.
“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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