Interviews

‘The Best Fiction About the Past Grows Out of Gaps’: An Interview with Alix Hawley

The author of My Name Is a Knife on historical fiction, frontier life, and sharing headspace with her characters. 

‘It’s Harder When You’re Writing About People You Actually Admire’: An Interview with Keith Gessen

The author of A Terrible Country on what a story about Russia can say about America, dark moments during writing, and why there aren’t more novels about hockey.

Boyhood is Bigger Than the Stereotype: An Interview with Rachel Giese

The author of Boys: What It Means to Become a Man on navigating masculinity in parenting, sex education and sports. 

‘I’ve Never Been That Chill About Being Alive’: An Interview with Melissa Broder

The author of The Pisces talks astrology, fish sex and filling existential holes.

‘Sci-Fi Music Felt Like a Vast, Interconnected Mythology’: An Interview with Jason Heller

Talking about the Seventies, the inside-baseball debate over sci-fi vs. SF, and who’s carrying the torch of sci-fi music today with the author of Strange Stars.

‘Anxious, Furious and Dread-Soaked’: An Interview with Lauren Groff

The author of Florida on the impact of landscape on the psyche, the political responsibilities of fiction, and playing with expectations. 

‘A Way to Overwrite the Ableist Narrative’: An Interview with Nicola Griffith

Talking with the author of So Lucky about the beginner-ish qualities of coming-out stories, how doing a PhD affected writing fiction, and learning to write characters with disabilities.

‘A Destructive Form of Strength’: An Interview with Daemon Fairless

Talking with the author of Mad Blood Stirring about getting into fights, the anxiety-based roots of violence, and the co-opting of masculinity by “public intellectuals.”

‘All Jobs Are Odd in Their Own Way’: An Interview with Rita Bullwinkel

The author of Belly Up on gender-neutral narrators, working in an allegorical mode, and interrogating the label of literary fiction.

‘Let The Story Breathe and Feel Expansive’: An Interview with Meg Wolitzer

The author of The Female Persuasion on mentorship, the 24-hour news cycle, and ideas of forward motion.