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Chaos Below the Surface: An Interview with Mary Ann McGuigan

“My characters find ways to go on, even if they wind up in more trouble. They’re like plants that seek the light even if they have to twist themselves out of shape to find it:” Mary Ann McGuigan sits down with Jolene McIlwain to discuss the lines between stories and novels and YA and adult fiction, as well as Pieces, out from Bottom Dog Press.


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A Conversation with Michael A. Ferro, R.J. Fox, and Frank Morelli

“Write that thing that is gnawing at your brain, exorcise that demon, and it will glow on the paper”: Michael A. Ferro, Frank Morelli, and R.J. Fox sit down to chat about rejection and success, the writing community, and their new and forthcoming books.


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Writing to Please Myself: An Interview with Kim Magowan

“The fun part of writing for me is the inspiration and initial outpouring; the painful part is spending five hours paring away 250 words. It’s like sticking pins in my eyes”: Kim Magowan answers Michelle Ross’s questions about her path to fiction, her writing process, and Undoing, her debut collection, out next week from Moon City Press.


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Literary Mentors and Friends: An Interview with Charles Johnson

From the Archives: Charles Johnson is the author of numerous books, including the National Book Award-winning Middle Passage. Zachary Watterson, one of Johnson’s former students, spoke with his mentor in 2010 about the literary friendships that have influenced the author’s more than forty-year writing career.


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It’s All Story: An Interview with Danielle Lazarin

“It took me writing these stories to understand that I’d been carrying rage with me, and what I’d done to suppress it even as I didn’t believe in suppressing it”: Danielle Lazarin talks with Lee Thomas about her debut collection, Back Talk.


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An Interview with John Vanderslice

“To bring the scene vividly alive in your mind and then to transfer that vividness to the reader takes imagination. There’s no way around that. This is why History and Historical Fiction are two separate genres.” John Vanderslice talks to Garry Craig Powell about his new novel, The Last Days of Oscar Wilde.


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The Project is Nothing, The Process is Everything: an Interview with Judith Claire Mitchell

From the Archives: Chloe Benjamin speaks with her mentor and friend Judith Claire Mitchell about A Reunion of Ghosts, which took ten years to write. Mitchell says of the process, “When students are struggling with their own novels, I do understand what they’re going through and I think I’m often able to give them perspective on the nature of this massive, unwieldy, impossible enterprise that keeps them from giving up.”




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