does the word "story"
mean to you?
love the art of the short story, how we learn so much about a character
in just a few pages. We couldn't know any more if we read a novel about
the character's continued adventures. As in a poem, a story is most
powerful when there are no wasted words or actions and each image is
there for a reason.
have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?
I must say, I don't have a reader in mind. I write the stories I like
to read (though the writers I love make me humble: Alice Munro, Tobias
Wolff, Antonya Nelson, Edward P Jones. ) How thrilling their work is. I
like Tessa Hadley too, and Adam Haslett.
TSR: Is there
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection,
anything at all?
CGL: Which story or stories did you like best?
TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?
CGL: Are they buying my book! I am not sure. But I am thrilled whenever anyone says they have read the book.
TSR: What are
you working on now?
CGL: I am working on more stories, and another collection of poetry. My manuscript of poems, Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems are currently being considered by a publisher.
CGL: Our Story Begins
by Tobias Wolff(a wonderful collection); Werewolves in Their Youth
by Michael Chabon (also terrific) and A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
by Yiyun Li (a deeply moving collection. She's a powerful writer.)