Suspend Your Disbelief

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Shop Talk |

“The Mommy Problem,” and the Larger Notion of Life Beyond Work

From the Archives: “Work can be your life, but your life can (and I’d argue, should be) bigger than your work”: Danielle Lazarin on writing, motherhood, and how the things in our lives that we give ourselves permission to experience that aren’t writing might in the end offer us new perspectives on both writing and our selves.


Interviews |

An Interview with John Vanderslice

“To bring the scene vividly alive in your mind and then to transfer that vividness to the reader takes imagination. There’s no way around that. This is why History and Historical Fiction are two separate genres.” John Vanderslice talks to Garry Craig Powell about his new novel, The Last Days of Oscar Wilde.


Interviews |

The Project is Nothing, The Process is Everything: an Interview with Judith Claire Mitchell

From the Archives: Chloe Benjamin speaks with her mentor and friend Judith Claire Mitchell about A Reunion of Ghosts, which took ten years to write. Mitchell says of the process, “When students are struggling with their own novels, I do understand what they’re going through and I think I’m often able to give them perspective on the nature of this massive, unwieldy, impossible enterprise that keeps them from giving up.”


Interviews |

A Recipe for Better Understanding the Human Condition: An Interview with Mandy Mikulencak

“Food is a central character in this book because food fulfills a central role in our lives”: Mandy Mikulencak chats with Kate Lemery about historical fiction, getting published, and The Last Suppers, her new book out now from Kensington’s John Scognamiglio imprint.


Interviews |

Hard Truths from Vulnerable Places: An Interview with Melissa Fraterrigo

“I’m honored to be a lifelong Midwesterner and to write and think about place with central allegiance”: Melissa Scholes Young talks with Melissa Fraterrigo about her story collection, Glory Days.




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