A bonus assortment of links, old and new stories/essays, plus some advice for writers
You can read a print copy of my story “Chance” (now the first chapter of A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself) here.
The story was originally published in Glimmer Train Stories in 2012 and reprinted in the journal Catamaran in 2018.
You can also find an interview about A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself, here.
The novel touches on questions of appropriation and you can watch my keynote on that topic at the Grub Street/Muse and The Marketplace conference here. (The talk references an essay, “True Stories,” by my wife, Lynne Raughley, from The Chicago Tribune, which gives her take on my appropriation; you can read it in its entirety here.)
Finally, some writing advice in the form of occasional essays given at writing conferences and festivals:
“Legend in my own Lunchtime” on historical fiction.
“Done” on how to know when you’re finished with a story from Because You Asked: A Book of Answers on the Art and Craft of the Writing Life edited by Katrina Roberts. (These ideas of “doneness” are expanded on in my new craft book The Art of Revision: The Last Word forthcoming from Graywolf Press in Nov 2021.)