1) When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I never wanted to be a writer! It found me, and sometimes I wish it hadn’t. Kidding, not kidding. Though most of the time I’m very grateful for all the meaning, beautiful, existential angst and even misery it has brought into my life. I wouldn’t have it anyway other way.
2) What do you love most about the writing process?
The mystery and the sense of the unknown; when following an unexpected voice down a dimly lit path leads to something that feels real and true and somehow familiar, and at the same time, totally surprising.
3) What do you love most about teaching writing?
Everything! Witnessing and communing with my students’ honesty, humility, talent, and bravery. Also, teaching at the WWW is extra special because every writer shares their work aloud each week— this is an amazing experience! A cross between ancient oral tradition and a weekly radio serial. I can’t wait to tune in each week to see where my student’s stories go.
4) What are you reading right now?
Faithful Place— A mystery by Tana French, she’s amazing at writing dialogue and that is a weak point for me, so the book is so entertaining — and instructional.
5) What’s your favorite writing quote?
I use this one all the time in my classes from EL Doctorow: “Writing a book is like driving a car at night, you can’t see past the headlights but you can make the whole trip that way.”