5 Burning Questions With Kathy Flann

  1. What’s the worst thing about writing?

The worst thing about writing is that failure is built into the process. What’s more, you don’t know exactly how a draft has failed. Much of one’s task as a writer is to figure it out. That’s harder than fixing it. Fixing it can actually be fun.

  1. What helps your writing the most?

What helps me the most, as a writer, is having reliable, smart writer friends to read my work. These people can locate the weak spots much more quickly than I can.

  1. Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) using only adverbs. 

Aboard already — diligently, truthfully, wickedly

  1. What is it about your discipline (fiction/poetry/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?

Fiction affords the opportunity to “become” someone else. That’s what made me a reader as a kid. What was it like to be someone who wasn’t me? How did that person think? And what accounted for thinking that way? What was it like to have a body other than my own? How did people respond to physical appearances different from mine? Did any of this shape a person? Or was a personality inborn? Etc. Writing fiction became a natural way to engage with those imaginative processes even more deeply than I had as a reader.

  1. What would you like to promote the most? Can you describe it in Victorian English? If not, can you describe it like a normal person?

In Victorian English, the term “bags o’ mystery” referred to sausage. But I think we should reclaim “bags o’ mystery.” I think, when we host readings, we should say, “You folks are in for some bags o’ mystery tonight.” So if my appearance at Writers & Words promotes one thing, I’d feel pretty good if it were that.

If nothing else, the literalists will cross the street to Parts & Labor and miss the reading. They always laugh in the wrong places anyway.

Bonus question: Max Scherzer struck out 20 Tigers on 5/11/16 in a 3-2 complete game winning effort. How does this make you feel?

As someone who grew up in the DC suburbs with NO baseball team at all, I feel pretty good about it. Not only does DC have baseball now, it has good baseball. However, as an Orioles fan, I feel like Max Scherzer is the North Dakota oil boom. I mean, I know he exists and that his existence is a very good thing for someone. It’s just that it’s not me.

To learn more about Kathy, visit her home on the web at www.kathyflann.com.

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