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A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions

An Interview with Sharon Erby, by Celia Johnson

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In 2011, Slice published a short story called “Night Dogs” by Sharon Erby. It is a powerful piece that, in just a few pages, will transport you to rural Pennsylvania. So, of course, we were thrilled when we heard that Erby had written Parallel, a collection of linked stories, all set in Timmons Mountain, the same backdrop as “Night Dogs.” I spoke with Erby about her characters, her creative process, and where she writes, and it all comes back to the region she calls home.

What inspired your short story collection?

The place where I live and its people, hands down. In rural areas ‘less is more’:  there are fewer people who inhabit the region, so their quirkiness really stands out. This makes for great fodder for fiction. More than anything, though, I wanted to give the tenacious, yet often stalemated working-class folks around where I live a literary voice I felt they might otherwise not have.

Are there any characters you feel particularly close to in the collection?

All of them, actually. The way I see it, characters have to mean something to me before I can make them unforgettable to my readers. That said though, I especially enjoyed creating... Read more

In the Telling

#23: Erin Somers

In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Erin Somers read “Regret,” which appears in Issue 15: Hope.

Erin Somers was the recipient of the 2013 Neil Shepard Fiction Prize. Her writing has appeared in Green Mountains Review, One Teen Story, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the... Read more

Encounters in Publishing

#65: An Interview with Penguin Random House editorial assistant Kary Perez, by Maria Gagliano

Authors and editors offer excellent insight into the publishing world, but sometimes the best wisdom comes from deeper within the machine—the assistants who make this crazy book world go ‘round. Because while it’s the editors who find brilliant authors and help make their books even better, the assistants are often the ones who truly make the book a reality. They... Read more

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The 2015 Slice Literary Writers' Conference will take place on September 12 + 13, 2015. Stay tuned for more details. 

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