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Has this been published? And it is totally fine if the answer is no. If yes, what publisher and what publication date?
What is the date you began writing this piece of fiction and the date when you completely finished the piece of fiction?
What were your writing habits while writing this work- did you drink something as you wrote, listen to music, write in pen and paper, directly on laptop; specific time of day? Laptop. You have two kids and two jobs, you work whenever you find a spare minute. Patterns varied throughout. I made sure to sit down at least three times a week for three hours at a time and made sure to get out at least two or three pages during that time. But sometimes it came much longer, sometimes if I had a little more time before getting my kids from school I worked straight through. When I was editing for my publisher I was working 8, 9 hour days as we had a very short time span in which to complete a huge developmental rewrite.
Can you give the reader just enough information for them to understand what is going on in the excerpt? Michael’s wife Sarah, and child, Tim are dead (Sarah lost Tim and died in childbirth) but living with him in his apartment. Time moves differently for them, so any time there is an interruption, like a visitor or when Michael steps out for groceries, Sarah disappears and months pass for her. When they return to each other, Sarah is more emaciated and Tim has aged considerably. Michael’s mother, Helen and his sister, Anna drop by and are insisting on a funeral for his wife and child. Michael is panicked by the idea of a funeral, what will happen to his family if he leaves the apartment, and where Sarah goes when she disappears on him? Michael wants Anna and Helen to leave, but he knows that more time spent with them now means that they might leave him alone later. Helen has been away too long and knows him too well to accept a quick goodbye. The lies are building. He feels a childish shame, lying to Sarah, lying to his mother. But this keeps Sarah and Tim with him. He’s doing this for his family. People have done worse to keep their families together.
Why is this excerpt so emotional for you as a writer to write? And can you describe your own emotional experience of writing this specific excerpt? I like that push/pull between worlds and loves, between the family we come from and the family we live in. And how terrifyingly isolating it is when you can’t help your spouse through whatever emotional moment they are having.
Were there any deletions from this excerpt that you can share with us? Anything edited was an excellent choice in editing. As it was edited on the computer, I don’t have marked up drafts and my editor wouldn’t like his notes shared publicly, I think. He was excellent, but asked that his identity remain private.
Other works you have published? I have published short pieces in several print and online journals as well as in three anthologies. You can find more on my WRITINGS page here:
Anything you would like to add? Thank you for having me!
Her novel, was published by 47North in 2013 and her short story, “Akiko” is featured in and “Crying Wolf” is featured in . “La Calavera” can be found in . Her short, non-genre fiction has been published in and on , , , and , among others. You can peruse some of these pieces on the page.