Saturday, March 21, 2009

MFA Greensboro Alum Interviewed at "Fatal Foodies"

Our very special guest today is George Singleton, author of Novel, Work Shirts for Madmen, These People Are Us, The Half-Mammals of Dixie, Why Dogs Chase Cars and Drowning in Gruel. George has also had a slew of short stories and nonfiction articles to appear in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Playboy, Zoetrope, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, North American Review, Fiction International, Epoch,, New England Review, Carolina Quarterly, Greensboro Review, Arkansas Review and American Literary Review, to name only a few. In his "spare" time, George teaches high school and college students. Given that he's able to accomplish all this, I wonder if he can also leap tall buildings in a single bound. . . .

We here at Fatal Foodies are delighted to welcome George into our little cyber kitchen as a stop on his WOW! Women-on-Writing blog tour. George has the honor of being the first man to be featured in a WOW! blog tour. Please enjoy his interview as much as I did.

Gayle: Wow, are you ever prolific! Which do you find more difficult to write, novels or short stories? (I read in a previous interview where you compared novel writing to walking across a bridge as opposed to short story writing as walking across a tightrope. I'd like for you to expound on that please.)

George: I find novels to be more difficult only because I tend to be impatient. It’s hard to get a good month of writing done, then think, "Gee, only 300 pages to go." It’s kind of like running a marathon and knowing that there are no water stations along the way. If I wrote short stories back-to-back for a year, I’d write the same amount of pages, but know that there’d be a slight rest, or change of scenery along the way.

Read the entire interview here:

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