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A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions

An Interview with CJ Hauser, by Celia Johnson

CJ Hauser

Small towns. Cool ocean breezes. It’s the perfect time to visit Maine. And if you can’t head north, I suggest picking up a copy of CJ Hauser’s The From-Aways. Menamon is a town of Hauser’s own invention, a place where lobster boats bob in the water and the locals date back generations. Two women, who are completely unalike, land in the town and find their lives irrevocably reversed. Hauser’s debut novel is not only poignant, but filled with incisive wit. I spoke with her about her fiery characters, her creative process, and what surprised her most about the publishing process. What inspired you to write this novel?

I have been known to get unruly after a few drinks and shout at people: “geography is destiny!” because I think the places we come from, and the places we choose to live in shape us, maybe more than anything else. I started writing this book while I was living in New York, I think in large part because I was homesick for New England and so invented myself an imaginary town to play in. But as I was writing, I realized how much I was romanticizing that New England kind of... Read more

In the Telling

Kyle McCord

In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Kyle McCord read two poems that appear in Issue 13: The Unknown.    Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry: Galley of the Beloved in Torment (Dream Horse Press, 2009), a co-written book of epistolary poems entitled Informal Invitations to a... Read more

Encounters in Publishing

#54: An Interview with Editor Matthew Daddona

In seven weeks, the book industry’s brightest editors, agents, and authors will take over Brooklyn for the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference on September 6 and 7. We’re featuring early chats with some of our panelists for a glimpse into life in their corner of the industry. This week, Plume/Penguin Random House editor Matthew Daddona offers his perspective on... Read more

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