Popping in for a minute to point you in the direction of an interview with Chuck Kinder at the newly launched Flywheel Magazine. The thing I enjoy most about the Internet is being surprised by where I happen to land, such as at “Don’t Be Scared: An Interview with Chuck Kinder.” Regular readers of my blog know that Chuck is one of my favorite writers, not to mention an important teacher to me when I first fell in love with writing fiction and found my way into one of his classes at Pitt. Do yourself a favor and read the interview by David James Keaton. I promise you’ll smile. You might even laugh out loud – even before you get to the photograph at the end of the interview.
Chuck Kinder, 2004, Photo Copyright by Dory Adams, all rights reserved
Spring came late to western Pennsylvania, but the bare trees are finally in leaf. Our backyard dogwood is still in bud and will soon blossom with pink flowers. It’s been a cold and wet spring, but yesterday we had a sunny day and managed to get our annuals planted. Today it is raining again. It was a small window of opportunity – one sunny day when we both had the day off work – and we seized it. It will be another month before we reap the rewards of flowering zinnias from seeds planted in the garden, but the flowerboxes and patio pots are filled with colorful blooming flowers that brighten this gloomy morning. Too soon to use the summer office, but it won't be long until I'm writing there.
Spring may be late this year, but the summer schedule at “In This Light” is coming early. My work on the novel is going well and I need to put my writing focus there for now, so the blog will switch over to a slower pace of monthly posting. I’ll be hosting guest posts by writers Cliff Garstang and Erika Dreifus this summer. Cliff Garstang is the author of In an Uncharted Country and blogs at “Perpetual Folly.” Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans and blogs at “Practicing Writing.”
Through a link at the Publishers Weekly blog last week, I found my way to a transcript of a Q&A with William Faulkner when he spoke in the classroom to students at the University of Mississippi in 1947. Read his advice to writers at “This Recording” and enjoy the photographs (including one of Faulkner with Eudora Welty).
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I live and write in Pittsburgh, PA and have a diverse background with degrees in photography and psychology, as well as an MFA in writing from Vermont College. I prefer to think of this as the winding path toward writing -- a journey where interests in image and human behavior converged as story.
My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Connotation Press, Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, The Santa Fe Literary Review, The Avery Anthology, Hamilton Stone Review, Blue Earth Review, Hobart, Slipstream, Forge, Word Riot, The Oklahoma Review, Common Ground Magazine, Shalla Magazine, and Paper Street. My story "Tests and Measurements" which appeared in Workers Write! Tales from the Clinic was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009.