Interviews and Advice

Furious fiction interview with me above, and Jenn Brissettinterviews me for the Gotham City Workshop, with questions about writing advice. I want to spotlight this bit, since these people were so important to me as a beginning writer:

“I had a creative writing teacher, Denise Standiford, in high school who introduced me to Angela Carter and who took me seriously. That was more important than any advice. In college at the University of Florida I was fortunate enough to fall under the wing for three very well-published writers. The first was Jane Stuart, the novelist daughter of Jesse Stuart. She also took me seriously, even when my work didn’t perhaps merit it, and she critiqued it, too. At the same time, the novelist Meredith Ann Pierce allowed me to be part of a workshop she ran. Pierce really looked at my work and offered great comments. And also during that period, the poet Enid Shomer critiqued my work and was very kind to me. All of these women during my formative years as a writer made it clear to me that I had some talent and that I should pursue my writing. I’m sure they all gave me great advice as well, but you can find advice anywhere. What you can’t always find is faith.”

2 comments on “Interviews and Advice

  1. JimO says:

    I think your comment about faith vs. advice is one of those things I will never forget.

  2. Enid Shomer says:

    Hello, Jeff!
    I was delighted to come upon your blog today. A few years ago, I saw one of your books for sale in NYC and felt so proud on your behalf! Bravo for all your achievements.

    I have a novel (my first) just out. It’s called THE TWELVE ROOMS OF THE NILE. Want to do a book swap of some sort?

    HOPe you are enjoying all your hard-earned success!

    Very est wishes,

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