My interview with Joanne Merriam for the Upper Rubber Boot Books Intermittent Visitors Blog Tour is now live! Joanne  asked some great questions about my writing process and the best writing advice I’ve ever received.Fans of my short story “For the Love of Ciderpunk,” (finalist for the 2012 Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose Prize and published in Best New Writing 2012) will be happy to know she got me to spill all about how I came up with the grotesque events and unforgetably colorful characters who really made that story.

Squatter’s lives are compact- they live and love and cry and celebrate and experience profound tragedy and violence in very short periods of time. When squatting, you can easily fit a lifetime of experiences into a year or less, and that leads to a lot of rearranging of your beliefs and priorities and future plans. I wanted to write a story that captured that discombobulated feeling of first starting in a community like that…


Check out my interview on writing, fairy tales, and writing fairy tales with Allison’s Book Bag, a blog for young readers and those who write for them.

Writing is about feelings and heart. If you do it right, you are going to feel, and it is going to hurt. Instead of shying away from pain, dare to go where it hurts. Throw it all onto the page and type through your tears. Even if your writing skill isn’t where you’d like it to be, people will recognize emotion that resonates. In the end, we all read to connect with something that speaks to our inner selves. Put it all out there, uncensored first and foremost, and worry about the rest later.