1) When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing bad poetry at age eight but knew I wanted to go into journalism and writing at age 16.
2) What do you love most about the writing process?
I love polishing prose until it shines.
3) What do you love most about teaching writing?
Seeing writers make progress, enjoy the art and craft of writing and learning, and bond with me and other writers.
4) What are you reading right now?
My guilty pleasure is Anne Perry’s Twenty-One Days; I’m also reviewing Chita: A Memory of Last Island for Southern Literary Review.
5) What’s your favorite writing quote?
That’s a tough one; there are so many. One favorite is: “Craft enables art.” Ursula Le Guin in Steering the Craft: A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story.