Author Q&As

Author Q&As

The Author Q&A series consists of brief interviews with a diverse array of writers, editors, and other industry professionals. Check back over the coming months for more!

September 18, 2017

Author Q&A: Ada Palmer

Ada Palmer is an author of science fiction and fantasy, a historian, and a composer. Her first science fiction series "Terra Ignota" (published by Tor Books) mixes Enlightenment-era philosophy with traditional science fiction speculation to bring to life the year 2454, not a perfect future, but a utopian one, threatened by cultural upheaval. The first volume, Too Like the Lightning, received ...
September 11, 2017

Author Q&A: Obert Skye

Obert Skye was born with a pen in his hand and mystery in his veins. He is taller than two of his brothers and shorter than the other two. He has written down words and stories his whole life. Because of that he is the author of many best-selling books. Books like the Leven Thumps series, the Pillage trilogy, Creature ...
September 4, 2017

Author Q&A: Livia Llewellyn

Livia Llewellyn is a writer of dark fantasy, horror, and erotica, whose short fiction has appeared in over forty anthologies and magazines and has been reprinted in multiple best-of anthologies, including Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year series, Years Best Weird Fiction, and The Mammoth Book of Best Erotica. Her first collection, Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors (2011, Lethe Press), received ...
August 28, 2017

Author Q&A: Carly Anne West

Carly Anne West is the author of the Young Adult novels THE MURMURINGS and THE BARGAINING (Simon Pulse, 2013, 2015). Her short stories have appeared in various literary journals, among them Watchword, Jersey Devil Press, SPECTRUM,  and Paper Lantern. She was a nominee for the 2007 Best New American Voices anthology and an honorable mention for Glimmertrain’s  Very Short Fiction Awards. THE BARGAINING appears on the shortlist for ...
August 21, 2017

Author Q&A: Amber Sparks

Amber Sparks is the author of the short story collection The Unfinished World and Other Stories, which has received praise from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Paris Review, among others. She is also the author of a previous short story collection, May We Shed These Human Bodies, as well as the co-author of a hybrid novella with Robert Kloss and illustrator Matt Kish, titled The Desert ...
August 14, 2017

Author Q&A: Roberto Montes

Roberto Montes is the author of I Don’t Know You, named one of the Best Books of 2014 by NPR and a finalist for the 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry from The Publishing Triangle. His poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Lambda Literary Spotlight, Guernica, Pen America Poetry Series, and elsewhere. A new chapbook, Grievances, is now available from ...
August 7, 2017

Author Q&A: Christina Quintana

Christina Quintana is a New York-based writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Her work has appeared in Front Porch Journal, Glass Poetry Press, Saw Palm, Nimrod International Journal, and Foglifter, among others, and her chapbook of poetry, The Heart Wants, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2016. She is the recipient of fellowships from Van Lier New Voices at the ...
July 31, 2017

Author Q&A: Melissa Duclos

Melissa Duclos’s fiction has appeared in Bodega Magazine, WIPs: Works (of Fiction) in Progress, Pound of Flash, Blue Skirt Productions, and Scéal. She has also published nonfiction works in Salon, The Offing, Electric Literature, Bustle, Mommyish, Fiction Advocate, Cleaver Magazine, Full Grown People, BookTrib, and English Kills Review. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a BA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania. Duclos has ...
July 17, 2017

Author Q&A: Kara Vernor

Kara Vernor’s fiction has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly, matchbook, No Tokens, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere and has been included in Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions, the 2015 Best Small Fictions finalists, and Outpost 19’s Golden State 2017anthology. She has received scholarships from the Elizabeth George Foundation and Mendocino Coast Writer’s Conference, and her fiction chapbook, Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song, is ...
July 10, 2017

Author Q&A: Morissa Schwartz

As the Voice of Generation Z, Morissa Schwartz uses her position as a young bestselling author, digital entrepreneur, and media personality to advocate for the new generation. She is the owner of GenZ Publishing, a thriving publishing company with over 50 authors signed and multiple bestsellers. Morissa’s mission is to positively change the world one word at a time. She also works with young people ...
July 3, 2017

Author Q&A: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was released by Button Poetry in 2016. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, is forthcoming from Two Dollar Radio in winter 2017. TBL Author Q&A Series: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib This is one in ...
June 26, 2017

Author Q&A: Allegra Hyde

Allegra Hyde is the author of the story collection, Of This New World, which won the 2016 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. She has received two Pushcart Prizes, as well as fellowships and grants from The Elizabeth George Foundation, the Lucas Artist Residency Program, The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the U.S. Fulbright ...
May 8, 2017

Author Q&A: Thomas R. Manning

Thomas R. Manning is a published author and a credentialed minister. In addition to his passion for geek culture, in which he wrote two science fiction novels, Thomas also co-founded an online ministry platform, Inception Ministries. His lives with his wife and three children in Pittsburgh. Through his writing and his ministry, he hopes to inspire those who are lost ...
May 1, 2017

Author Q&A: Lori Jakiela

Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoir Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe (2016), which received the 2016 Saroyan Prize for International Literature from Stanford University, was a finalist for the Council of Literary Magazines and Small Presses Firecracker Award and the Housatonic Book Award, and was named one of 20 Not-to-Miss Nonfiction Books of 2015 by ...
April 24, 2017

Author Q&A: Robert Yune

As a Navy brat, Robert Yune moved eleven times by the time he turned eighteen. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, selected by Sherman Alexie and Colin Channer. His fiction has appeared in Green Mountains Review, Kenyon Review, and Los Angeles Review, among ...
April 17, 2017

Author Q&A: Matthew Cody

Matthew Cody hails from St. Louis and holds a Master’s degree in Theater from the University of Alabama with a focus on Shakespeare. He is a graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop and currently resides New York City with his family. His published works include the award-winning Powerless and The Supers of Noble's Green books, the Robin Hood re-imaging Will in Scarlet, and ...
April 10, 2017

Author Q&A: April Daniels

April Daniels graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in literature. She completed her first manuscript by scribbling a few sentences at a time between calls while working in the customer support department for a well-known video game console. She has a number of hobbies, most of which are boring and predictable. As nostalgia for the 1990s comes into ...
April 3, 2017

Author Q&A: Claire Wahmanholm

Claire Wahmanholm received her BA from UW-Madison, her MFA from the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University, and her PhD from the University of Utah. Her poems have most recently appeared in, or are forthcoming from, Birdfeast, Bennington Review, Winter Tangerine, Memorious, The Collapsar, Newfound, Bateau, Fog Machine, DIAGRAM, New Poetry from the Midwest 2016, Best New Poets 2015, ...
March 27, 2017

Author Q&A: Theodore Wheeler

Theodore Wheeler is the author of the forthcoming novel Kings of Broken Things (Little A, Aug 2017) and a collection of short stories, Bad Faith (Queens Ferry Press, 2016). His short fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, New Stories from the Midwest, The Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review, among others. He lives in Omaha with his wife and their two daughters. ...
March 20, 2017

Author Q&A: Malka Older

Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate.  Her science fiction political thriller, Infomocracy, was named one of 2016's best books by both Kirkus and BookRiot, and the sequel, Null States, will be published in September 2017.  You can find links to her writing, which has appeared in at Tor.com, Sundog Lit, Capricious, Reservoir, Inkscrawl, Rogue Agent, and Wired, among others.  ...
March 13, 2017

Author Q&A: Beth Gilstrap

Beth Gilstrap is the author of I Am Barbarella: Stories (2015) from Twelve Winters Press and No Man’s Wild Laura (2016) from Hyacinth Girl Press. She thinks she’s crazy lucky to work as Fiction Editor over at Little Fiction | Big Truths. Her work has been selected as Longform.org’s Fiction Pick of the Week, nominated for storySouth’s Million Writers Award, Best of the Net, and The Pushcart Prize. Her fiction and ...
March 6, 2017

Author Q&A: Sandra Marchetti

Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications (2015). She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry and lyric essays, including Sight Lines (Speaking of Marvels Press, 2016), Heart Radicals (ELJ Publications, 2016), A Detail in the Landscape (Eating Dog Press, 2014), and The Canopy (MWC Press, 2012). Sandra’s poetry appears ...
February 27, 2017

Author Q&A: Ren Warom

Ren Warom is a writer of strange things, not known for an ability to fit into boxes of any description. Published by Titan books and BFS award winning Fox Spirit Books. Mum to three spawn, slave to several cats, writing and editing obsessive and general all round weirdo. Currently studying an MA in Film and Television: Research and Production. Find ...
February 20, 2017

Author Q&A: Melissa Gutierrez

Melissa Gutierrez is an artist and writer living and working in Northern California. Find her on Twitter @mmgutz and Instagram @mmgutz. TBL Author Q&A Series: Melissa Gutierrez This is one in a series of brief interviews with a diverse array of writers, editors, and other industry professionals. Check back over the coming months for more! How would you say your writing career began? Was ...
February 13, 2017

Author Q&A: Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith is the author of Weep Up (Tupelo Press, September 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press); Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press); and three prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Paris Review, Plume, Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. In 2016 her poem “Good Bones” went ...
February 6, 2017

Author Q&A: Barrett Warner

Barrett Warner is the author of Why Is It So Hard to Kill You? (Somondoco Press, 2016) and My Friend Ken Harvey (Publishing Genius Press, 2014). A multi-genre writer, he has won the Salamander fiction prize, the Liam Rector and Cloudbank poetry prizes, and the Tucson Book Festival essay prize. He has been a horseman for many years, specializing in ...
February 3, 2017

Author Q&A: George Szirtes

George Szirtes is a poet and translator. Born in Hungary in 1948, he published his first book of poems, The Slant Door, in 1979, which won the Faber Prize. He has published many since then, winning the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2004, for which he has been twice shortlisted since. He shared the Man Booker International Prize, awarded for ...
January 23, 2017

Author Q&A: Joe Dunthorne

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea, South Wales. His first novel, Submarine, was translated into sixteen languages and adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second, Wild Abandon, won the 2012 Encore Award. His debut poetry pamphlet was published by Faber and Faber. His short stories and poems have been published in The Paris Review, the London ...
January 6, 2017

Author Q&A: Lauren Russell

Lauren Russell’s first full-length book, What’s Hanging on the Hush, will be out from Ahsahta Press in the spring of 2017. A Cave Canem fellow, she was the 2014-2015 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, was the 2016 VIDA Fellow to the Home School, and is a 2017 National Endowment for the ...
December 30, 2016

Author Q&A: Zeina Hashem Beck

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her first book, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her second full-length collection, Louder than Hearts, won ...
December 9, 2016

Author Q&A: Bryn Greenwood

Bryn Greenwood is a fourth-generation Kansan and the daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer. She earned a MA in Creative Writing and continues to work in academia as an administrator. She is the author All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (August 2016, Thomas Dunne Books) and the small press novels Last Will and Lie Lay Lain. She lives in ...
December 2, 2016

Author Q&A: CAConrad

CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He is the author of eight books of poetry and essays, the latest ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books) is the winner of the 2015 Believer Magazine Book Award. He is a 2015 Headlands Art Fellow, and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, ...
November 25, 2016

Author Q&A: Sarah V. Schweig

Sarah V. Schweig's first book Take Nothing with You was published by the Kuhl House Poets series at the University of Iowa Press. She is also the author of the chapbook S (Dancing Girl Press). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, Pen Poetry Series, Slice, Tin House, The Volta, ...
November 18, 2016

Author Q&A: Siel Ju

Siel Ju's novel-in-stories, Cake Time, is the winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Manuscript Award and will be published in April 2017. Siel is also the author of two poetry chapbooks. Her stories and poems appear in ZYZZYVA, The Missouri Review (Poem of the Week), The Los Angeles Review, Denver Quarterly, and other places. She gives away a book every month at sielju.com. TBL Author Q&A ...
November 11, 2016

Author Q&A: Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All the Birds in the Sky. She organizes the Writers With Drinks reading series, and was a founding editor of io9, a site about science fiction, science and futurism. Her fiction has appeared in Tin House, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, ZYZZYVA, Pindeldyboz, Tor.com, Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, ...
October 21, 2016

Author Q&A: Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. Her first novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014. Her debut collection of poetry, even this page is white, was released this spring, and her first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, was ...
October 14, 2016

Author Q&A: Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in writing from University of San Francisco, and a tendency to spill things. She splits her time writing for kids and for adults and her debut children's book, Also an Octopus, has been called "wickedly absurd" and "a perceptive how-to" that will "inspire kids to imagine a story of their own." She's the winningest writer ...
September 22, 2016

Author Q&A: Nancy Hightower

Nancy Hightower has published short fiction and poetry in journals such as storySouth, Sundog Lit, Gargoyle, Literary Orphans, and Word Riot. Her poetry collection The Acolyte has been nominated for an Elgin award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association and Kinds of Leaving, her short story collection, was shortlisted for the Flann O’Brien Award for Innovative Fiction in 2014. Currently, ...
August 25, 2016

Author Q&A: Steve Healey

Steve Healey is the author of two books of poetry, 10 Mississippi and Earthling, both on Coffee House Press. His poems have been published in magazines such as American Poetry Review,The Awl, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Jubilat, and in anthologies, most recently The New Census: an Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. He lives in Saint Paul, MN. Title TBL ...
August 10, 2016

Author Q&A: Tyler Steven Barton

Tyler Barton is one half of FEAR NO LIT. He's an MFA fiction student at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he serves as a fiction editor for the Blue Earth Review and a host for KMSU's The Weekly Reader. His fiction has appeared in Monkeybicycle, NANO Fiction, Mud Season Review, and others. Find his stories at tsbarton.com. Find his jokes ...
August 10, 2016

Author Q&A: Molly Rose Quinn

Molly Rose Quinn was raised in Memphis, Tennessee and now lives in New York, where she is the Director of Public Programming at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, a nonprofit bookstore and event venue that raises money to fight AIDS and homelessness. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in PEN Poetry Series, Black Warrior Review, The Offing, The Agriculture Reader, and ...
July 1, 2016

Author Q&A: Steven Dunn

Steven Dunn is the author of the novel Potted Meat (Tarpaulin Sky 2016). He was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from University of Denver. Some of his work can be found in Columbia Journal and Granta Magazine. Title TBL Author Q&A Series: Steven Dunn This ...
July 1, 2016

Author Q&A: Zack Kopp

Zack Kopp is a freelance writer and editor currently living in Denver. He holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is the author of two novels, a short story collection, a book of poetry, a collection of subconscious fiction, and a collection of articles, essays, interviews, reviews and commentary. His informal history of the Beat ...
May 25, 2016

Author Q&A: Karen Craigo

Karen Craigo is the author of two forthcoming poetry collections, No More Milk (Sundress, 2016) and Passing Through Humansville (ELJ, 2017), and she maintains Better View of the Moon, a daily blog on writing, editing, and creativity. She teaches writing in Springfield, Missouri. Title TBL Author Q&A Series: Karen Craigo This is one in a series of brief interviews with a ...
May 17, 2016

Author Q&A: Patricia Horvath

Patricia Horvath is the author of the memoir All the Difference, forthcoming from Etruscan Press. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Confrontation, Shenandoah, The Massachusetts Review, The Los Angeles Review, and New Ohio Review. She is the recipient of Bellevue Literary Review's, Goldenberg Prize in Fiction and New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in ...
May 3, 2016

Author Q&A: Janice Gould

Janice Gould’s tribal affiliation is Koyoonk’auwi (Concow). Her poetry has been honored with writing awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Astraea Foundation, the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, as well as a “Spirit of the Springs” Award from the city of Colorado Springs. Her most recent book of poetry, ...
April 26, 2016

Author Q&A: Andrew Dugas

Andrew O. Dugas' work has appeared in Unlikely Stories, 100 Word Story, LITnIMAGE, MIXER, Instant City, and elsewhere. His novel SLEEPWALKING IN PARADISE was published in 2014 by Numina Press. He recently snail-mailed 1,001 original hand-inscribed haiku postcards to as many randomly selected recipients, and he still doesn't know why. Title TBL Author Q&A Series: Andrew Dugas This is one in a ...
April 18, 2016

Author Q&A: Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Photo Credit: Darby Ullyat Colorado’s Western Slope Poet Laureate Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer’s poetry has appeared in O Magazine, in back alleys, on A Prairie Home Companion and in her children’s lunch boxes. Her most recent collection is The Less I Hold. Clients include Think 360, Craig Hospital, Hospice and Camp Coca Cola. She served as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate, directed the Telluride ...
April 18, 2016

Author Q&A: Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. He currently serves as the Poet Laureate of California. Title TBL Author Q&A Series: Dana Gioia This is one in a series of brief interviews ...
March 23, 2016

Author Q&A: Baret Magarian

Baret Magarian’s fiction has been published in World Literature Today, Panurge, Darker Times, Voyages, El Ghibli, Sagarana, the White Fly Press anthology HOTell and Journal of Italian Translation, and his poetry has appeared in Collectivo R, Semicerchio, Contrapasso, Iris News, and Stanza 251. His story “The Pain Tapestry” was staged last year in Florence and will be performed again in ...
March 17, 2016

Author Q&A: Gay Degani

Gay Degani has had three of her flash pieces nominated for Pushcart consideration and won the 11th Glass Woman Prize. Pure Slush Books released her collection of stories, Rattle of Want, (November 2015). She has a suspense novel, What Came Before, published in 2014, and a short collection, Pomegranate, featuring eight stories around the theme of mothers and daughters. Founder ...
February 15, 2016

Author Q&A: Selah Saterstrom

Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels Slab, The Meat and Spirit Plan, and The Pink Institution, all published by Coffee House Press. In the fall of 2016, her book of essays, Ideal Suggestions, will be published by Essay Press. She is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Denver. Author Q&A TBL Author Q&A Series: Selah Saterstrom This is ...
November 19, 2015

Author Q&A: Steph Kilen

Steph Kilen is a freelance writer and editor who has taught creative writing at a correctional facility. She has an MFA from Pacific University and makes her life in Milwaukee, WI. TBL Author Q&A Series: Steph Kilen Tell us about yourself. How did you begin your career in writing? In general, I’ve always been crazy about words—their origin, how they work ...
October 30, 2015

Author Q&A: Dana Diehl

Dana Diehl earned her BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Dana has served as editor-in-chief of Hayden’s Ferry Review and The Susquehanna Review. She is a blog interviewer for The Collagist. She has taught composition and creative writing at Arizona State University, Florence Prison, and the National University of Singapore. Her honors and awards ...
June 25, 2015

Author Q&A: Brian Lott

Brian Lott was born in Houston, Texas in 1973, and has since lived throughout the South. He graduated from Florida State University in 1996. His writing career includes time as an associate producer in TV news, a product information writer at the Home Shopping Network, and a senior communications coordinator for a Florida electric company. He lives in Tampa with his ...
March 11, 2015

Author Q&A: Keren Toledano

Keren Toledano is a writing associate at The Cooper Union, and a freelance writer and editor. She recently self-published In Light of This & Other Things, and is at work on a young adult novel that is not set in the post-apocalypse. Her short fiction has appeared in Slice magazine, and she is the recipient of the Harvardwood Writing Competition in the short play ...

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