The author of My Name Is a Knife on historical fiction, frontier life, and sharing headspace with her characters.
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.
The author of Boys: What It Means to Become a Man on navigating masculinity in parenting, sex education and sports.
The author of The Pisces talks astrology, fish sex and filling existential holes.
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.
The author of Florida on the impact of landscape on the psyche, the political responsibilities of fiction, and playing with expectations.
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.
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.”
The author of Belly Up on gender-neutral narrators, working in an allegorical mode, and interrogating the label of literary fiction.
The author of The Female Persuasion on mentorship, the 24-hour news cycle, and ideas of forward motion.