Q&A with Book Blogger Deborah Kalb

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This week I had the pleasure of chatting with DC-based book blogger Deborah Kalb about Train Shots. You can read our conversation here:



Interview in the ORLANDOAN about the Florida lit scene, TRAIN SHOTS, & the TrIP Project

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This week I spoke with my editor, Ryan Rivas, for the ORLANDOAN about the wildfires that engulf my story “The Lung,” why more literary fiction isn’t set in Orlando, how the writing scene has changed here in recent years, and how participating in TrIP (Transit Interpretation Project) last November forever altered my views of the city I hold so dear.

You can read the interview here: http://www.theorlandoan.com/2014/03/litorlando-interview-with-author_2674.html?spref=fb

Interview with Ross McMeekin at Green Mountains Review Online

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The bittersweet realities of expat living, Catholicism, and American short fiction master Andre Dubus are just a few of the subjects that cropped up in my conversation with fellow VCFA alum and fiction writer, Ross McMeekin, now featured at GMR Online. Ross asked so many fresh, perceptive questions of my work; it was a real pleasure to answer them.  You can read our discussion here: http://greenmountainsreview.com/?p=3935

Catch my “Advice to Beginning Writers” at the Grist blog

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The good folks at Grist literary journal invited me to write an essay for their blog. In light of becoming a debut author this month, I chose to respond to the famous quote from John Steinbeck about just why it takes so darn long, sometimes, to become a writer worth reading: “It seemed unfair. I could read a fine story and could even know how it was done. Why could I not then do it myself? Well, I couldn’t, and maybe it’s because no two stories dare be alike. Over the years I have written a great many stories and I still don’t know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances.” Steinbeck wrote this in a letter to a writer seeking his advice, circa 1963.

You can read my take on the subject here: http://www.gristjournal.com/blog/

O happy Day! TRAIN SHOTS is officially published. Also, I talk with John King.

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After several months of pre-pub hoopla, Train Shots: stories officially greets the world today. While the day has been rather quiet, overcast and ordinary, a fleeting glance ahead to http://www.vanessablakeslee.com/events reveals the many upcoming readings, talks, appearances, etc. happening over the next several months and into summer. Meanwhile, please check out my recent, longish chat with the ever-delightful John King over at his podcast, The Drunken Odyssey. John was kind enough to feature me and the book on Episode 87, out this week.

You can listen to our discussion here: http://thedrunkenodyssey.com/2014/03/01/episode-87-vanessa-blakeslee/


Interview with Australian magazine Going Down Swinging

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Recently I had the pleasure of discussing Train Shots and the process of assembling a book with the fine Australian publication, Going Down Swinging. I have a fond spot in my heart for Australia after studying abroad there in 1998, and so couldn’t have been happier when the editors at GDS offered to reprint one of the stories in Train Shots, “Ask Jesus,” in a recent issue — their 33rd, in fact, and aptly Jesus-themed. For a sneak peek at “Train Shots” — the story — and my conversation at the GDS blog, The Blue Corner, visit the link here: