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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