I believe that intentions matter. They matter in life and they matter in writing fiction. If you sincerely want to explore the humanity of a character who happens to be of a different race, that sincerity will shine through. Readers are so awesomely smart.
by Terry Hong
“I’ve been a slam poet, a fiction writer, a performer, and a journalist, and while I have all manner of manuscripts scattered across my apartment and office—poetry, short stories, and even a novel—I’m very picky about what I want to get published, and what will ultimately represent me. This is probably a very bad strategy for a writing career, but there you go.”
by Sonya Chung
Literarily, I am about 11 years old. This is my best explanation for why the adult stories and novels of Tove Jansson have captivated me so fully.
“I’m fascinated by the in-between, the doorway. I often wonder if I’m actually living, or just being dreamed by some greater consciousness. I mean, how would I know, really?”
If the material is personal, I change the names of the living: they can elect to claim their part or not. This is different from anything I did in the first book: the first book involved itself more with damage and this new book is more about reconciliation.
I think of the work as a memoir of self-reckoning and the kinds of comeuppances we sometimes have to endure in order to recast our expectations about intimacy and love.
by Sonya Chung
“Anyhow, I don’t write about prison and zeks. What I wanted to write about was life and people.”