Peter Mountford with E.C. Murray, 2019

 Peter Mountford with E.C. Murray, 2019

Peter Mountford is an American novelist and writer of short stories and non-fiction.A former adjunct scholar of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, Mountford received an MFA in fiction in 2006 from the University of Washington, where he won the David Guterson Prize for a thesis. He was a 2012-14 writer-in-residence for the Richard Hugo House

1.) I find writing fiction extraordinarily difficult. Most challenging is establishing depth of character. George Lucas wrote seventy pages before he came to the beginning of Star Wars. You've written that you know "oceans" about your characters; that "you inhabit them." How do you do that?

Character development can be extremely hard, or sometimes it’s the easiest thing in the world. I think there are basically two methods of really getting to know a character: one is to have them be based on yourself and/or someone you know very well. Sometimes I take someone I know well, and then put them in the body of a somewhat an actor who I’ve seen on screen a number of times. Then they’re very easy to see

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Sonora Jha with E.C. Murray, 2019

Sonora Jha with E.C. Murray, 2019

 

Sonora Jha, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Communication Department and Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts and Sciences  at Seattle University. She was formerly a journalist in India and Singapore and among her appointments were that of Chief of Bureau and Special Correspondent for The Times of India, the subcontinent's largest English-language daily. A prolific writer, she was a Writer in Residence at the Richard Hugo House and is an alumna and Board President for Hedgebrook Writers' Retreat. Her books include New Feminisms in South Asian Social Media, Film, and Literature (Routledge, 2017) and Foreign (Random House India, 2013)

 

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Erica Bauermeister with Wendy Hinman, 2013

 Erica Bauermeister with Wendy Hinman, 2013

Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of the novels The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. She coauthored 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2–14. With a B.A. from Occidental College and a PhD from the University of Washington, she taught literature and writing at the University of Washington and Antioch University. I first discovered Erica’s second novel, Joy for Beginners, and was impressed by the beauty of her prose. It didn't take me long to collect her works as well. 

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Garth Stein With E.C. Murray, 2011

Garth Stein With E.C. Murray, 2011

Garth Stein rose to fame with The Art of Racing in the Rain, a moving, humorous work which has been translated into twenty three languages. Garth graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in film. After nearly a decade of creating award-winning documentaries, Garth turned to writing books. His other works include How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, Raven Stole the Moon and Brother Jones. Garth resides in Seattle.

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