A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions
An Interview with Sharma Shields and Caroline Zancan, by Celia Johnson
Sharma Shields’ debut novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, is about a family pulled into one man’s hunt for the elusive sasquatch. The book is populated with myths and yet it feels strikingly real. Shields’ editor, Caroline Zancan, said that, when she first received the manuscript, “I was partly reading with childlike wonder, using parts of my imagination I hadn’t used since I was a kid, but at the same time, there were forces at work that were terrifying to me even as an adult.” I spoke with Sharma and Caroline about myths, the editorial process, and unsung heroes in the publishing world. *Click here to read an excerpt from the book.
Sharma, you’ve mentioned that your love of mythological creatures began with Greek myths. Do you remember when you first read Greek myths? And when you were first inspired to incorporate myths into your writing?
SS: My introduction to Greek mythology began with an old computer game, King’s Quest III, which was released in 1986. In it, I had to guide my avatar into the desert and battle a snake-haired woman. She kept turning my avatar to stone. I mentioned this monster to my mom and... Read more
In the Telling
#23: Erin Somers
In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Erin Somers read “Regret,” which appears in Issue 15: Hope.
Erin Somers was the recipient of the 2013 Neil Shepard Fiction Prize. Her writing has appeared in Green Mountains Review, One Teen Story, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the... Read more
Encounters in Publishing
#67: An Interview with Poet Ben Fama, by Paul Florez
Humanity’s end is nigh, and poet Ben Fama is here to chronicle the final battle between morality and capitalism in his latest poetry collection, Fantasy.
I first met Ben at a book party over at The New School. His wit and deadpan humor were so charming, I thought he was April Ludgate’s long lost twin brother (yes, that would... Read more
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