People Like You on CNN Best Beach Reads for 2017

‘The world needs more of her writing’

I was hunched over the kitchen counter this morning, bleary-eyed, trying to fix myself a cup of coffee, and then from the other room I heard this: “Hey, you’re on CNN.”

Honestly, I thought he was talking to somebody else. (Who that would be I’m not sure, but I was tired.)

Then I thought he was kidding.

Then I looked at his iPad, and sure enough, there was CNN’s Beach Read list for the summer with (wait? what?!) my name next to the name of my book.

Sandi Shelton, a Connecticut novelist with the pen name Maddie Dawson, read PEOPLE LIKE YOU and loved it and went on to say dreamy things about the characters and the writing.

She said:

“Malone’s characters are funny and unhappy and self-sabotaging and honest and brave,” says Shelton.

Every time this happens, I’m still dumbfounded that someone gets it,  what I was trying to do with those stories. It blows me away.

 

She also said:

“I couldn’t stop reading these stories and now I find myself missing them, so I go and reread them over and over. I want to go over to Malone’s house and cook her meals and do her grocery shopping so that she has time to write more books, because the world needs more of her writing.”

Happy to take you up on this offer, Sandi.

Here is the LINK to the BEST BEACH READS of 2017.

Thanks again.

 

The Masters Review Craft Essay: “This Is How A Writer Writes A Story”

I’d been writing one craft essay for The Masters Review, and then most of the way through, days before the deadline, I scrapped it and wrote this one instead: THIS IS HOW A WRITER WRITES A STORY.

It’s actually kind of funny too (not haha funny) – because the creation of the essay itself mirrors the process I write about in the essay.

Ouroboros kind of a deal.

Thanks to the fine folks at The Masters Review for reaching out to make this happen.

I’m honored to have work published with them.

Here’s the book I reference in the essay:

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[And thanks to Arthur Koestler for allowing me to sum up a mind-blowingly phenomenal behemoth of a kick ass book in a couple sentences. I’m aware of the liberties I took.]

Emerging Writers Network Interview

May is National Short Story Month! Did you know that?

Dan Wickett, the brain behind Emerging Writers Network and Dzanc Books, has put together a wonderful array of interviews with many of the writers who had short story collections published last year.

He was kind enough to reach out to me to talk about PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

My interview is HERE.

I encourage you to read through the whole month’s posts. It’s a wonderful array of debut, emerging and well-known writers talking about craft, publishing and the beauty of the form.

Thanks so much to Dan for including me in the mix.

Kickstart Interview About Creative Partner Cohabitation & Other Good Problems to Have

Ann Sihler kindly interviewed me for Kickstart this month.

Amazingly, in a short span of time I manage to insult novelists (without meaning to), blame my kids for my lack of productivity and, luckily, also compliment my husband, Brian Padian.

It’s about short stories, and writing, and living with another creative person, and drawbacks and success and everything in between.

Thanks so much to Ann for the chance to talk about all of it, and to Nancy Woods for her ongoing support of Oregon authors.

https://madmimi.com/p/6a7d39?fe=1&pact=3516-136242581-7881882851-5c747cc7a470abb059b995fe26837d8921d7e4e1#

Go Away, I’m Reading Podcast Chat (Wordstock Style)

I had way, way too much fun talking to Michelle Fredette and Isaac Eldridge in a dark, corner table at a wood-paneled bar on a rain-soaked afternoon during the Wordstock Literary Festival in Portland, Oregon.

Honestly, I could have talked for another hour with them. Plus, they kept pushing pickled vegetables on me.

More importantly, if you don’t already know about this podcast, you should. It’s fantastic and well-produced and they arrange each episode wisely showing you which books and authors were discussed in which order.

Thank so much Michelle and Isaac. I loved every minute.

http://go-away-im-reading.com/2016/11/14/episode-10-part-2-wordstock-margaret-malone/

WordFest Book Chat

Many thanks to Alan Rose for this great conversation leading up to October’s WordFest in Longview, WA. And thanks to KLTV and the fine folks operating the audio and camera.

I felt right at home.

Here’s the link to the Book Chat interview with Alan Rose.

And if you’re in Washington, come say hello on Tuesday, October 11 from 6-8.

The Nervous Breakdown Interview

Thanks to Alaskan writer and fiddler Ken Waldman making the rounds at the bookfair  at AWP this year and chatting me up at the Atelier26 table, I became acquainted with Portland writer Naomi Ulsted who interviewed me for The Nervous Breakdown, wherein we talk about lower-case F feminism, writing, editing, juggling family and creative life, to MFA v. not-MFA, and writing the thing you don’t always want to write.

Naomi and I had a great conversation about all the ways that life must be arranged and rearranged to make writing time and a book come into the world.

Thanks also to TNB and Brad Listi for showing the love to PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

Here’s the full link.

xo

Portland Monthly Podcast

The folks at Portland Monthly put together a podcast with the writers of their Summer Reading issue – the fiction writers and poets talk about how they worked with the prompt, the space limit, and writing about this place we live.

Here’s the link to the Portland Monthly podcast page

Or click below for the full Soundcloud podcast