Illuminating Fiction : A Collection of Author Interviews with Today's Best Writers of Fiction

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: Red Hen Pr
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Illuminating Fictioncontains nineteen interviews with fiction-writing luminaries including Edward P. Jones, Julia Glass, Amy Bloom, Jill McCorkle, Margot Livesy, Ron Carlson and Steve Almond. The interviews contain questions about narrative, voice, character, place, point of view, arc of the story/novel plot, and revision; questions about the writing process; questions about the trajectory of the writerrs"s career; questions about the role and importance of writing courses and mentoring; and also questions that Ellis has drawn from the text of the authorsrs" work. Authors describe the challenges they have faced. The reader is able to gain an intimate and specific understanding of the authors works, and the authors thought process as they created their novels and short stories.

Author Biography

Sherry Ellis is the editor of NOW WRITE! Fiction Writing Exercises From Today’s Best Writers and Teachers, which was selected as one of the best writing books of 2006 by The Writer magazine.  Her book of non-fiction writing exercises is forthcoming.  Ellis is the author of a novel in progress called The Goode Books, a book about a biracial family of five women, which is told in their own voices.   Her early interviews appeared in The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, The Iowa Review, The Writer’s Chronicle and other literary and arts magazines and journals.  She is a writing coach who has taught in Concord, Massachusetts.  Visit her website at SherryEllis.org.

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