A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions
An Interview with Author Lily King and Editor Elisabeth Schmitz, by Heidi Sistare
Lily King’s most recent novel, Euphoria, is inspired by the life of Margaret Mead. The novel made many of the top book lists of 2014, including the New York Times Book Review, 10 Best Books of 2014, and NPR, Best Books of 2014. I interviewed Ms. King and her editor, Elisabeth Schmitz. They spoke about the writer and editor relationship, a childhood friendship, and the spark of inspiration.
E: Oh, we always laugh together over the second part of this question. Lily and I started working together in 1998 with her debut novel The Pleasing Hour, but we had been introduced by our mothers when we were 13 years old. They wanted us to be friends! And we quickly were. We pursued our separate literary passions in different states and countries, losing touch for many years until one day Lily called and asked if I had any advice about finding a literary agent. She made her choice and I quickly found myself in a five-way auction for her first book. It’s just the way I wanted it to happen for Lily!
L: It’s true. Our mothers... 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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