Interviews

Volney Road Review – March 2019

“The Midwest region, particularly northeast Ohio, where you have Pennsylvania and West Virginia and New York State all sharing the same little corner, is rich in detail and history. It’s the perfect place to set stories, both urban and rural, which is why I write just as many urban stories as I do rural ones. A lot of writers write from their places. This is my place, the one I feel the most ownership over, so I don’t suspect I’ll stop writing from it any time soon.”
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Coffin Bell Journal – December 2018

“I’d rather use a story to gut someone than use it as a pillow.”
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The Devil Strip – August 2017

“I write sto­ries about lonely peo­ple with an abun­dance of prob­lems strug­gling to get through life with few op­tions . . .”
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Focus on Fiction – February 2015

“Most of my favorite short story writers are also novelists, people like Benjamin Percy, Donald Ray Pollock, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Richard Lange, Junot Díaz, and others. My favorite who wrote largely in short form, however, would likely be Flannery O’Conner. Her work is great and has in no small way influenced most of the other writers I’ve mentioned as well as my own work.”
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Versatile Virtuoso – July 2015

“I’d like to say I sprang from the womb with writerly ambitions, but I first fell in love with the idea around age 12. I stress the word “idea” because, although I was a ravenous reader my whole life, I never really tried to write anything of my own. When I was about 12, I was reading Stephen King’s The Shining and discovered my mom’s electric typewriter at about the same time. The result was about a paragraph of something called “The Deadman’s Shortcut” or something equally ridiculous. I had no idea what I was doing, but King’s novel was the first book to make me cling to the idea of writing stories.”
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Jenny Zine – December 2014

“I don’t need to venture far to tell the stories I feel inclined to tell . . .”
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