does the word "story"
mean to you?
Do you have a reader in mind when you write stories?
Oh, maybe. But ultimately it doesn’t really matter. I
come to learn the golden rule that a competent narrative relies on the
author drawing from that pool where inspiration comes from. If you try
to write “for” a particular type of reader, the result will usually be
less than satisfactory.
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection,
anything at all?
AM: Would you buy my
next book based on having read the first one?
it feel knowing that people are buying your book?
Pretty incredible, but because I am a human being I am rarely satisfied
with anything in life; though the book is selling well, and is on track
to outsell the vast majority of story collections released this year, I
can’t help but wish that more people would buy the book. I
that sounds awful. It’s just that I have four young
they like to eat. A lot.
What are you working on now?
collection, God help me.