“The Most Important Thing Is Perseverance”

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Today my first-ever official Train Shots interview is up at Laura Maylene Walter’s blog. If you don’t know Laura’s writing, you should: she’s the author of the award-winning story collection Living Arrangements, and on more than one occasion, has contributed wise words about the literary life at Poets & Writers. Laura and I met and became fast friends at the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, where we both took part in Lan Samantha Chang’s fiction workshop and shared many a meal and beer together in between. I couldn’t be happier for the chance to chat with her in the virtual realm about writing, and more grateful, since she’s currently a busy MFA student at Bowling Green State, teaching and toiling on her own fabulous stories. You can read my conversation with Laura here: http://lauramaylenewalter.com/?p=10654

“Hoofbeats on the Page” essay at Tin House

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Last week Tin House featured an essay of mine on their blog about my obsession with horse stories as a young reader, and their lasting influence on my evolution as a fiction writer. This is a subject I’ve been ruminating on for awhile, ever since I attended the Banff Writing Studio earlier this year and went on two fabulous trail rides that I’ll never forget. I wrote the essay at Ledig House this fall, a lovely residency in the Hudson Valley which is surrounded by horse farms. You can read “Hoofbeats on the Page” here: http://www.tinhouse.com/blog/29408/hoofbeats-on-the-page.html