What is your relationship with short stories?
Novels, not short stories, are my first love. I came to short stories late.
Possibly the first ones I read in English that made me go, wow, these are
amazing, but, oh, these are difficult, was in grad school. The stories were
"The Egg" by Sherwood Anderson and "Slave on the Block" by Langston
Hughes. What did -- and continues to -- draw me to this form, when I'm
drawn to it, is control and precision, two things I arrive at more easily when
writing a chapter, rather than a complete story. A short story must end,
while a chapter must urge you to turn the page. It's a physical and
psychological difference: I don't like socks and I don't like to tuck the sheets
under my bed ...
It was fun thinking more about my sometimes difficult connection to the short form while tackling the questions. And if you visit the site, read the other author responses too. A great way to spend a weekday evening.