Going Home with Fiction Writers Review
Posted on 28 May 2012
I’m thrilled to share that the Fiction Writers Review has posted an interview with yours truly. Anne Stameshkin — a fellow writer from Lancaster, PA — asks me some wonderful questions about writing, publicity, Living Arrangements, short fiction, and more.
I love the Fiction Writers Review and I think you should all head over there immediately — not only to read my interview, but to check out their many book reviews, the Stores We Love series, learn how you can win free books, and much more.
You can find my full interview here, but I’m including a quick look at one of the questions below:
Do you cringe when writers offer advice like “write as if your parents are dead”? What do you think this saying means?
I’m about to start working on some nonfiction pieces about my mother and our relationship before her death. Would I be focusing on these stories and on this time in my life had she lived? No, and not only because her death is what shaped those months and years into a defining point in my life. I’m also not sure how I’d feel if she could read it.
There is a freedom that comes in writing about someone who is no longer alive, but there is also a responsibility. My mother isn’t here to defend herself. While I’m free to write about her as I see fit, I understand more than ever the importance of being honest and fair to my memories of her.
Some writers are held back by worries of how their families will react to their writing, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction. I can’t argue with the “write as if your parents are dead” advice if it helps these writers let go. Of course, that advice mostly embraces the first piece of what I mentioned above—the freedom—but the responsibility remains, whether or not the person has passed.
And speaking of Fiction Writers Review, you still have a few days remaining to win a copy of Anthony Doerr’s Memory Wall, which I’m giving away as part of FWR’s Short Story Month collection contest giveaway. Just leave a comment here to enter to win.