Ten Questions

Read weekly interviews with authors to learn the inside stories of how their books were written, edited, and published; insights into the creative process; the best writing advice they’ve ever heard; and more.

Ten Questions for Julie Orringer

by Staff
5.7.19

“One of literature’s great powers is its ability to act as a tonic against xenophobia; there’s never been a moment when that power has been more urgently needed.” —Julie Orringer, author of The Flight Portfolio

Ten Questions for Geffrey Davis

by
Staff
4.30.19

“I wish our books, as art objects, had better ways of showing more of the practice and work and failure that go into making them.” —Geffrey Davis, author of Night Angler.

Ten Questions for Alison C. Rollins

by
Staff
4.23.19

“I think writing should be connected to the constant ever-evolving work of discovering, (re)imagining, and (re)claiming one’s own selfhood.” —Alison C. Rollins, author of Library of Small Catastrophes

Ten Questions for Emily Skaja

by
Staff
4.2.19

“There’s a lot of mystery in my writing process, and I have the suspicion that I’m doing all the steps out of order.” —Emily Skaja, author of Brute

Ten Questions for Bryan Washington

by Staff
3.19.19

“It’d be nice if the American literary community’s obsession with signal-boosting the optics of diversity were solidified into a tangible, fiscally remunerative reality for minority writers.” —Bryan Washington

Ten Questions for Ed Pavlić

by Staff
3.12.19

“I’d love the community of contemporary writers to read each other with the freedom and rigor (vigor) we bring to hearing the music we love the most.” —Ed Pavlić

Ten Questions for Helen Oyeyemi

by Staff
3.5.19

“A good portion of Gingerbread was written sitting on the floor, in a chair with no legs but excellent back support.” —Helen Oyeyemi, author of Gingerbread

Ten Questions for Brian Kimberling

by Staff
2.26.19

“The literary community is too small—I’d create lots more thoughtful and appreciative readers like the ones who read interviews in Poets & Writers Magazine.” —Brian Kimberling, author of Goulash

Ten Questions for Lindsay Stern

by
Staff
2.19.19

“Go there. When the work takes you somewhere deep, it can be difficult not to swim back up out of fear or squeamishness.” —Lindsay Stern, author of The Study of Animal Languages

Ten Questions for Hala Alyan

by Staff
1.29.19

“I usually wait until I need to write, which makes for a really thrilling, cathartic experience of creation.” —Hala Alyan, author of The Twenty-Ninth Year

Ten Questions for Juliet Lapidos

by Staff
1.22.19

“I think a lot of contemporary editors, myself included, push too much for clarity when sometimes a little muddiness is just the thing.” —Juliet Lapidos, author of Talent

Ten Questions for Elisa Gabbert

by
Staff
12.18.18

“I come up with a form and then find a way to ‘translate’ my thoughts into the form. It wasn’t always like that, but that’s the way it is now. I used to think in lines.” —Elisa Gabbert, author of The Word Pretty

Ten Questions for Guy Gunaratne

by
Staff
12.11.18

“There is something about your own subconscious that is far more perceptive than whatever your conscious mind can conjure up.” —Guy Gunaratne, author of In Our Mad and Furious City

Ten Questions for Nuruddin Farah

by
Staff
12.4.18

“No writing is good enough until you, as an author, make a small contribution, the size of a drop, into the ocean of the world’s literature.” —Nuruddin Farah, author of North of Dawn

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