Are you interested in the thoughts and lives of the bookish people of today? Don’t look any further and read the best interviews of the week.
Catherynne M. Valente, who wrote the awesome Fairyland series, is getting tired of answering questions about writing strong female characters.
And because she is treated, not as an obvious citizen of Literature Mountain, like the male protagonist, but as a rare and almost alien beast, we can gather round and poke at her, examine her teeth and her eyeballs and her motivations. Well, yes, she’s strong, but what if she’s too strong? She is capable and clever and brave, but is that really believable? She saves the day, sure, but who is she going to make out with?
Tor.com talks to Nova Ren Suma about her new book The Walls Around Us and about being haunted.
I found myself obsessed with the world of this detention center—so, yes, I was haunted. But the funny thing about this book is how much it took me over, and consumed me and eventually lifted me up with inspiration.
New fiction by Amelia Gray. Read her story House Proud over at The White Review.
It’s harder to leave your burning home after you’ve spent so much time cleaning its floors. Watching those baseboards char should be enough to make any good woman lie back in bed and let it happen. The fact that I got up and hauled Angela out with me is proof enough of my selfishness.
Amy Fleisher Madden sounds like the coolest teenager and has now written a book about her experience signing bands before she was 20.
Running a record label as a teenager was incredibly difficult — every day was a new challenge because I was not only learning to run a business, but I was simultaneously learning to be an adult. Also, it was really hard to understand the magnitude of what I was doing or what was happening around me. To this day when people talk to me about Fiddler I’m still surprised they’ve heard of the label or the bands I’ve worked with.
A short story by Sarah Gerard at The Brooklyn Rail. Go read Python.
Arriving as the park opens is too late and they’re stuck at the back of the line, directly beneath the sun. A man appears pushing a cooler decorated with pictures of frozen treats. Dawn orders two but can’t find her wallet. Jun has to pay again. The Popsicle vendor likes Dawn.
Megan Mayhew Bergman writes about the power of predation in literature, but also in real life.
I was a resident at the Colony that November, and bloodlust was everywhere. Deer season was on, and gunshots ricocheted throughout the national forest that surrounded the Colony. The caretaker mentioned a seventy pound coyote-dog hybrid he’d seen the week before, and showed us where a bear had peeled off siding from the renovated barn, Steepletop, in which we slept.