does the word "story"
mean to you?
EP: Experience and thought and explanation.
have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?
and the reader is my top consideration when I'm editing. I spend so
much time editing and revising because I have to control not only "what
happened", but also the reader's experience of the happening, and the
thoughts I want the experience to spark in the reader.
TSR: Is there
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection,
anything at all?
No, because I believe in the privacy of the reading experience (during
and after), and I certainly don't want to intrude on that. It's the
reader's book now.
TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?
It makes me worry. I hope they think they've gotten their money's
worth. I've thought far more about libraries than bookstores, as I grew
up in a town where books were in the library. I know the library I grew
up in has a copy, and that pleases me, as it seems sort of like a gift
to the ghost of my self.
TSR: What are
you working on now?
EP: A complicated book that will be complicated in the correct way when I'm done with it.