- What’s your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing(s) about writing is the challenge of the craft and the freedom of the art. I enjoy being able to get my words, thoughts, and/or feelings out in a way that is creative and true to me. Then, I have to work hard to shape it into the best version of it and something that I feel confident in people reading.
- What is your favorite genre to read, and is this also your favorite genre to write?
Although I do primarily write Creative Nonfiction, my favorite genre to read is Poetry. It may surprise people to read my vignettes and hear that it’s not Fiction, but, I feel, poetry is the ultimate guide to breaking rules as well as keeping to them. It doesn’t need to claim that it’s creative or experimental. Poetry can do its own thing, and that’s what I love about it.
- Describe your ideal writing situation (think writing space (Office? Shed? Attic?), routine or no routine, snacks available).
I always joke about one day owning a log cabin out in a rural, wooded location along a dirt road, but not too far from a town. Also, WiFi would be a must. Really, I could do with just a quiet room, a desk, a computer, lots of coffee, and any non-greasy food. As for routine, I don’t have any preferred time of day or length. I simply write when I can for as long as I can.
- What is something you would love that your readers know about you as a writer? (That you love cats? That you edit pieces literally 1,000 times before they see the light of day?)
Every piece that I write, before even a trusted friend sees a draft for constructive feedback, is probably in its tenth rewrite, at least. I have a habit of repeatedly tweaking pieces, but I still keep older versions, just in case.
- What is your most re-read book, if any, and why?
Oddly enough, or maybe not so oddly, my most re-read book is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. I have read it for high school, undergrad, and my own enjoyment about a dozen times, very likely more. It’s a great work of fiction that effectively emulates memoir. I have met a few people who thought it was a work of Nonfiction. I find that to be a credit to O’Brien’s abilities as a writer. The book is visceral and real, filled with emotion, action, and suspense. O’Brien’s voice is clear and natural, something that is not always easy to find.
Bonus question: May is National Hamburger Month and National Egg Month, among other undoubtedly more important observances. Thoughts?
Of course, hamburgers and eggs share the same month. If you’ve never had a fried egg on a hamburger or cheeseburger, then you are missing out on something wonderful, albeit not healthy. I feel like the lesson should be: Even if something seems mundane, liking paying respects to food items, we should still be grateful for the things we have.
Those are some wise words about hamburgers, Nathan. Words to live by. Come out to Charmingtons this Tuesday, May 9th and hear Nathan and our other fab readers at Writers & Words!