The Millions Interview
August 5, 2015
by Ilana Masad
“It was the worst—the bleakest, the most physically exhausting, the most emotionally enervating—writing experience I’d had. I felt, and feared, that the book was controlling me, somehow, as if I’d somehow become possessed by it.”
June 15, 2015
I wanted to be a writer, but didn’t think I was smart enough. Then I looked around at the other wannabe writers who were my classmates, and they didn’t seem like geniuses either, so I figured what the heck, I’d give it a shot.
May 21, 2015
by Diane Prokop
For the first time in my writing life, I think the future is going to be a better balanced one. The Irish tradition has been very male heavy. It’s going to see these younger women coming through, and they don’t give a damn. It seems that something is over. Some idea of Irishness that doesn’t involve being female is over.
May 11, 2015
by Sonya Chung
I don’t think of my true black gay freakiness as subversive, any more than the true white straight Republican freakazoids out in the heartland think of themselves as subversive, even as they’re plotting to replace the government with a bunch of gender normative marionettes and privatize motherhood.
May 7, 2015
by Paul Morton
The aesthetic gulf between the kind of stuff I’m interested in and the kind of stuff that is mainstream is so vast that I can’t wrap my head around it.
April 29, 2015
Reading is integral to my life. And I think, in the end, we solve global problems not by launching missiles, it’s by launching ideas. So as a tool for understanding the world and for understanding how you can change the world, I find fiction incredibly important.
March 24, 2015
by Kaulie Lewis
I’m endlessly fascinated by myself and my past and by what has happened to me and how I’ve changed, and I wanted to show that.
March 16, 2015
by Edan Lepucki
There’s something about putting your brain where you hands are that frees up the word-centers of the mind, maybe a bit like meditating.
March 13, 2015
by Jacob Rubin
The second novel is where things get tricky. All I can say is that it was much more difficult than the first. You become more aware of all the things you aren’t capable of doing.
March 10, 2015
If I’m working very hard on a project it is important for me to show up at my desk on a regular basis, but also a lot of the work is done at an unconscious level and you want to make sure you’re giving yourself space to do that.