1. What’s your least favorite thing about writing?

Holding a story inside until l can get to it, makes me a not nice person to be around until l get the bones down.

  1. Which author would you like to have a drink with (Dead or alive. Them, not you).

Too hard to pinpoint one (sure you’ve heard that before 😊) Stephen King, J. California Cooper, and N. K. Jemisin are at the top of my list.

  1. Who is your favorite author that you don’t know personally?Who is your favorite author that you do know personally?

The ones above and more. Do know: Victoria Adams Kennedy

  1. What about your discipline (fiction, poetry, etc) do you wish you were better at?

Catching my mistakes in the first revision. Ha.ha.

  1. What kind or creative rituals or patterns do you have?

Anything visceral and paratactic. I read a lot of different styles, but that’s why I really love John Hawkes and Cormac. Their sentences are like the gold standard of sentences for me. It’s like you can almost eat their words.

Bonus question: if you were a can of something, what would you be?

Dr. Pepper. My sugary drug of choice.


Come out to Writers & Words next week, September 11th at 7pm at Charmington’s Cafe to hear Clynthia and the rest of our awesome lineup! Click here to see the facebook event!

Clynthia Burton Graham is a passionate fiction writer who explores emotional, impactful, and defining moments in the lives of people of color. Her inspiration has been honed through the years. From listening to her aunt’s, grandmothers, and mother while hiding under the kitchen table to slinking beneath the window of the neighborhood barber shop, to walking the streets of Baltimore conversing with the homeless to the elite, she has cultivated the art of storytelling in her prose. She is a MFA graduate from the Creative Writing & Publishing Arts Program at the University of Baltimore, where she resides. Her work has been recognized by the Maryland Writer’s Association, the Hurston/Wright Foundation and her short stories have appeared in Persimmon Tree Literary Magazine, Pilcrow & Dagger Literary Journal, Academy of the Heart and mind, Skelter, and others.

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