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Hey, Why’d You Do That, Katherine Riegel?
Creative Nonfiction

Hey, Why’d You Do That, Katherine Riegel?

Writers are asked many general questions about their craft. …”What is your overarching philosophy regarding the inherent power of fiction?”…”What IS–character–to you?”…”What is the position of place in your work?”… These are great and important questions, but I’m really curious about the little things.  In the “Hey, Why’d You Do That” series, I ask accomplished … Continue reading »

An Exercise Inspired by Eric Gamalinda, author of The Descartes Highlands
Exercises / Video

An Exercise Inspired by Eric Gamalinda, author of The Descartes Highlands

Friends, I had the honor of doing this interview with Eric Gamalinda, whose novel The Descartes Highlands is available from Akashic Books. Mr. Gamalinda is a fantastic writer of prose, but he is also a film scholar who enjoys working cinematic images into his work.  Film and prose are, of course, wildly different media.  They … Continue reading »

The Great Writers Steal Podcast: Eric Gamalinda, author of The Descartes Highlands
Novel / Video

The Great Writers Steal Podcast: Eric Gamalinda, author of The Descartes Highlands

Show Notes: Enjoy this interview with Eric Gamalinda, author of The Descartes Highlands, a novel published by Akashic Books. Find out more about Eric Gamalinda at his web site. http://www.ericgamalinda.com/ Order your copy of his book from the publisher: http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/the-descartes-highlands/ Mr. Gamalinda mentioned that he borrowed an image from Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia.  Here is the … Continue reading »

The Great Writers Steal Podcast: Christy Crutchfield, author of How to Catch a Coyote
Short Story Collection

The Great Writers Steal Podcast: Christy Crutchfield, author of How to Catch a Coyote

Show Notes: Enjoy this interview with Christy Crutchfield, author of How to Catch a Coyote, a novel published by Publishing Genius Press. Find out more about Christy Crutchfield at her web site. http://www.christycrutchfield.com Order your copy of her book from her publisher: http://www.publishinggenius.com/?p=3347 Or you can order your copy from your local indie bookstore: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780988750388 Or … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Molly McNett’s “La Pulchra Nota”?
Short Story

What Can We Steal From Molly McNett’s “La Pulchra Nota”?

Title of Work and its Form: “La Pulchra Nota,” short story Author: Molly McNett Date of Work: 2013 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story debuted in Issue 78 of Image.  “La Pulchra Nota” was subsequently chosen for Best American Short Stories 2014. Bonuses:  Check out One Dog Happy, the collection Ms. McNett published through University of … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Charles Baxter’s “Charity”?
Short Story

What Can We Steal From Charles Baxter’s “Charity”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Charity,” short story Author:  Charles Baxter Date of Work: 2013 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story debuted in Issue 43 of McSweeney’s.  Heidi Pitlor and Jennifer Egan chose to include the work in Best American Short Stories 2014. Bonuses:  Karen Carlson always has some interesting thoughts to share, this time … Continue reading »

The Great Writers Steal Podcast: Sarah Tregay, author of Fan Art
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The Great Writers Steal Podcast: Sarah Tregay, author of Fan Art

Show Notes: Enjoy this interview with Sarah Tregay, author of Fan Art, a young adult novel published by Katherine Teger Books. Find out more about Sarah Tregay at her web site.  You will also find links to retailers that will be happy to sell you her book: http://www.sarahtregay.com/ You may also follow my example and … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Norman Mailer’s Tough Guys Don’t Dance?
Novel

What Can We Steal From Norman Mailer’s Tough Guys Don’t Dance?

Title of Work and its Form: Tough Guys Don’t Dance, novel Author: Norman Mailer Date of Work: 1984 Where the Work Can Be Found: The book can be found in most cool secondhand bookstores.  I’m willing to bet that list includes Provincetown Bookshop.  (I could easily be mistaken–the time I spent on Cape Cod seems in my … Continue reading »