I’m honored to have been named this month’s Featured Fiction Writer at Atticus Review, where I had the pleasure of discussing the craft of fiction writing as well as my debut story collection, Train Shots, with editor Jamie Iredell. You can read the two stories — both aptly chosen for their Jesus-theme — and our conversation here. “Ask Jesus” is included in Train Shots and first appeared in The Madison Review and subsequently in the snazzy Australian journal, Going Down Swinging; I’m thrilled that its poised to gain an even larger audience online. “Jesus Surfs” was a finalist in the Wordstock Short Fiction Contest and published in the Wordstock Ten anthology. It’s one of my favorite stories, a homage of sorts to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one that I hope will find its place in another collection of mine someday.

You can read the interview and stories at Atticus Review here: http://atticusreview.org/featured-fiction-writer-vanessa-blakeslee/