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Interview: J.M. Holmes

An Interview with J.M. Holmes by Dani Hedlund What inspired you to write How Are You Going to Save Yourself? It was six years in the making. When I was at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, I started to see an arc in these stories featuring a group of friends. It began to take shape around these four young men and ...
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Interview: Adrienne Young

An Interview with Adrienne Young by Dani Hedlund What inspired this book? The original idea was a warrior girl on the battlefield who sees her brother on the other side. I didn't know exactly what kind of setting I was going to do, but I knew I wanted it to be something different—familiar to fantasy but something that hadn’t been ...

Interview: Araminta Hall

An Interview with Araminta Hall by Dani Hedlund What inspired you to write Our Kind of Cruelty? This is my first book to be released America. I have published psychological thrillers before in England and the genre has always fascinated me. I wanted to write about obsessive love and I wanted to have a male protagonist. So many books have ...
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Interview: Helen Thorpe

An Interview with Helen Thorpe by Dani Hedlund What inspired you to write The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom? My first book was about immigration and my second was about veterans returning from conflict overseas. I see writing about refugees and refugee resettlement as a natural extension of those two subjects. But specifically, I found South ...
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Interview: Chandler Klang Smith

An Interview with Chandler Klang Smith by Dani Hedlund What inspired you to write this book? There were a lot of different elements. The first picture I had in my head was of a girl standing on the garbage island and seeing these dragons flying over the city. I felt like there was some connection between the girl and these creatures, ...
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Interview: Mira T. Lee

An Interview with Mira T. Lee by Dani Hedlund I’m going to start with the single most cliché question: What inspired you to write this book? There were a couple of things: the first was a short story I wrote, originally published by the Missouri Review. I had these characters I’d already conceived of, and wanted to expand on their lives. ...

Interview: Mia Herman

An Interview with Mia Herman by Zoe Nepolello How did you get started in the world of publishing? What made you want to go into this field? When I was in grad school getting an MFA at Hofstra University, I got a lot of questions about what I intended to do with my degree post-graduation. Family members, friends, classmates—everyone! In fact, ...
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Interview: Jeffrey Eugenides

An Interview with Jeffrey Eugenides by Dani Hedlund Photo taken by Gasper Tringale You’re exceptionally well-known for your novels, but you’ve been a really prolific short story writer for decades now. Talk to me a little bit about why you decided to put these old stories and brand new stories into a collection. Well it’s nice of you to say that ...
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Interview: Celeste Ng

An Interview with Celeste Ng by Dani Hedlund What was the inspiration for your new book Little Fires Everywhere? Shaker Heights was a place that always fascinated me, and I wanted to try to write about it; it’s a city that was planned from the beginning like a utopia. An idea came to mind of a family that plays by the ...
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Interview: Daniel Handler

An Interview with Daniel Handler by Dani Hedlund Let me start with the single most cliché question: What was the inspiration for this book? There were a bunch of inspirations. One of them came from a dinner party I had with some friends. A friend of mine—who was a man married to another man—was talking about a visit he was taking ...