MFA Track: Fiction
Where have you lived?
· Arkadelphia, AR (1969-1989)
· Dallas, TX (1989-1990)
· Arkadelphia, AR (1990-1991)
· New York, NY (1991-1997)
· Los Angeles, CA (1997-2000)
· New York, NY (2000-2010)
· Ft Lauderdale Fl (2010-present)
What are some of your favorite places in Florida?
Sebastian Beach, John U Lloyd Beach, the Dali Museum – St Petersburg, Lincoln Road
What does your writing space look like?
Any given Starbucks
Are you a pen/pencil, typewriter or computer writer?
Computer – since I was a young kid, way back when I had to type “Print” “” around each line to make a my Texas Instrument Home computer running Basic print it. And even with that, I have never learned to type correctly, I have my own home grown typing system which uses three fingers on each hand.
When did you first realize you have a passion for writing?
As a young kid I used to think I wanted to be an actor, so I wrote myself episode arcs that would give me ongoing parts in TV shows that I watched. My favorite is the one where the buxom detectives at the Townsend Agency adopted me. I was nine.
What’s a book you’ve reread and why?
Tom Spanbuer’s “The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon” haunts me. I keep going back to figure out why.
What advice do you have a graduate student in his/her first semester?
Ask! And if you still don’t get it – Ask again!