Donna Baier Stein‘s new novel, The Silver Baron’s Wife, recently launched as #1 New Release in Biographical Fiction on Amazon. Her short story collection, Sympathetic People, was an Iowa Fiction Award Finalist and IndieBooks Award Finalist. She has also published a poetry chapbook, Sometimes You Sense the Difference. Donna founded and publishes Tiferet Journal. She has received a Scholarship from Bread Loaf, a Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, three Pushcart nominations, prizes from the Allen Ginsberg Awards, and more. Her writing has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Virginia Quarterly Review, New York Quarterly, Ascent, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. She is currently completing a new collection of stories based on Thomas Hart Benton lithographs.
“By imaginatively playing with a visual work of art, the writer can expand its meaning—not in terms of enlarging the original work, but in terms of offering more possibilities.” Donna Baier Stein explores the limits and liberties of perception in this essay on writing fiction from images.
“Many characters in the book deal with unexpected changes in their lives and would welcome facts to guide them. The title seemed to reflect the emotional struggles of the characters and almost implies that it’s simple to change a life. But my characters find that life is complex; what works for one person will not work for another.”
“Then you sit back one day and think, ‘Who really will care about this? It’s just another story that’s been told so many times, just in different ways.’ Yet there is that illogical reasoning, or rather lack thereof, that makes you continue.”
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