Category: fiction

Everybody knows how important the first track …

Everybody knows how important the first track of a mix tape is, and I wanted to start my collection with my most affable narrator….All my stories deal with similar themes—game playing, escapism, desire—but I had strong ideas about how to move through the different voices of the remaining narrators (urban and rural, child and adult, male and female, queer and straight) in a way that felt balanced and varied to me.

Don’t be careful; definitely not in the first …

Don’t be careful; definitely not in the first draft. I was so worried when I began the book about doing the time and its people justice that for quite a while I didn’t let my imagination take the lead, which can happen when grappling with the dark side of history.

6/17 Book Deals

Hey guys, happy Monday! I hope you’ve had a great weekend and that your week is off to a wonderful start. :)There are actually some really good books on sale today (The Poppy War is awesome!), so definitely have a look at all of those. 🙂 I should give you guys a head’s up that I won’t have any deals up next week because I’ll be out of town, but I’ll still have them this week Have a fantastic day, everyone!

Find past book deals here–many of which are still on sale!

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I had a blast writing the first draft…a…

I had a blast writing the first draft…and just let myself take risks and go down rabbit holes, but in the revision, I had to really reign it in and flesh it out….Write the shitty first draft. A finished story is better than a perfect story that just lives in your mind.

Victor Lavalle gave us a lot of practical advi…

Victor Lavalle gave us a lot of practical advice in his workshop. The one I use the most often is: Take the best part of your story and move it to first page and start there. Challenge yourself to make the rest rise to the level of that.

I’m so interested in how the sight lines, soun…

I’m so interested in how the sight lines, soundscapes, flora and fauna of our childhoods shape us—how those earliest encounters with the land become part of our private, interior vocabularies of dream and thought. And I love novels and stories where geography shapes plot and gives rise to character. I think the question ‘What’s possible or impossible for this human personality in this landscape?’ is a good starting place for fiction.

I’m writing a novel, and have been for over a …

I’m writing a novel, and have been for over a decade. I’ve had periods of great productivity, days when one thousand-word quotas turn into four thousand words….But working on a singular project for years isn’t easy. Some days the writing rushes like the Rio Grande, and sometimes, weeks, months, or even years pass, and my pages don’t budge. Instead, they buck against my will. When those days arrive, I refuel my well, the headwaters supplying my creative stream. I visit historic archives and museums, galleries and art shows, movies and talks….

“People always say the novel is dead. Who know…

“People always say the novel is dead. Who knows, but if it is the case, moments of crisis for any art form or any convention are always good. If that’s the case, it will force us to think of different ways of approaching, different ways of writing.”

Valeria Luiselli, in “Angles of Experience” in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine (2019)

“People always say the novel is dead. Who know…

“People always say the novel is dead. Who knows, but if it is the case, moments of crisis for any art form or any convention are always good. If that’s the case, it will force us to think of different ways of approaching, different ways of writing.”

Valeria Luiselli, in “Angles of Experience” in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine (2019)

I’m a realistic person, a practical person, bu…

I’m a realistic person, a practical person, but when I write fiction I go to weird, secret places in myself. What I am doing is an exploration of myself—inside myself. If you close your eyes and dive into yourself you can see a different world. It’s like exploring the cosmos, but inside yourself. You go to a different place, where it’s very dangerous and scary, and it’s important to know the way back…. People are always asking me about the books: ‘What do you mean by this; what do you mean by that?’ But I cannot explain anything at all. I talk about myself, and I talk about the world, metaphorically, and you cannot explain or analyze metaphors—you just have to accept the form.