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

Summer Reading: New Story Up at Portland Monthly

A few months ago, Portland Monthly came to me and asked for a brand new short story with a few rules:

  • Set in the Pacific Northwest
  • Word count under 1,400 words
  • And, written to the theme of  “That Summer…”

The result is The Buried Forest, published online today, and the print version is out in the August issue of Portland Monthly. Inside, you’ll find new work from authors David Shafer and Diana Abu-Jabar, and poetry by Anis Mojgani, Elyse Fenton, and Samiya Bashir.

For the whole shebang of Summer Reading stories and poems, go here.

Enjoy the read, and happy summer!