The Millions Interview

March 26, 2014

Life is Too Short to Read a Bad Book: A Conversation with My Editor 11

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After I sold my novel to Little, Brown, my editor Allie Sommer and I talked on the phone (for the second time ever). I said, “My parents are so proud of me!” and she said something like, “Mine are so proud of me!”

March 19, 2014

We Were Searching for a Reason: An Interview with Claire Cameron 1

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The attack happened in 1991 in Algonquin Park. It was a couple who were experienced campers. What took me years to come to terms with was that they didn’t do anything wrong, and the bear was just being a bear. It was quite chilling.

March 10, 2014

Why Does Roddy Doyle Wish to Disillusion Us?: The Millions Interview 1

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I couldn’t care less really if I’ve disillusioned you. It is within your gift not to read the book. So really, it didn’t give me the minimum pause for thought.

February 11, 2014

Writing The UnAmericans: An Interview With Molly Antopol 1

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I want to know who is in the most complicated place in the situation and then I’ll see how the environment is informing their lives.

February 7, 2014

Style Sheet: A Conversation with My Copyeditor 38

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I think I’ve always read like a copyeditor, even way back before I knew what a copyeditor was. One of my favorite authors is Proust, and when I was young I would read some of his sentences over and over trying to make sure I understood how every word related to the other words and just to make sure I understood what he was saying.

January 28, 2014

Time to Put the Knives Away: An Interview with Rebecca Mead 0

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A lot of young writers don’t have a lot of empathy, and I don’t think I did. But that’s just part of growing up. If you still have the knives out when you’re my age, it’s time to put them away.

November 25, 2013

You Can’t Lie in Fiction: An Interview with Kevin Barry 9

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I wanted the reader to feel like they were in some awful, horrendous dive bar in a tremendously deranged Irish city in the middle of the 21st century and there’s some crazy old fucking whisky-drunk nut alongside them whispering this demented tall tale into their ears.

November 7, 2013

How to Be Alone: The Millions Interviews Tanya Davis 0

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No matter how people approach loneliness or solitude or community, we all do. We’re not that different from each other. The way we experience it is different, but we all experience love, pain, loneliness.

November 6, 2013

It’s a Mixed Life: An Interview with Nicholson Baker 1

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Obama’s administration has been a devastating disappointment, in so many different ways. Fanatical secrecy, the persecution of whistleblowers, foreign interventions and arms shipments that make things worse, the quintupling of drone killings — it just has to be said.

October 7, 2013

The Pleasures And Perils Of Writing About Writing: An Interview With Dani Shapiro 2

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Initially I had a blog because everyone told me to have a blog. And when I started, I thought what can I regularly blog about that feels like a deep enough well? And the answer was: the process of writing. The creative process itself. What it takes to do the work, what are the pitfalls and the joys, the struggles and the privileges. We do what we do alone in a room. Yet we’re struggling with the blank pages.