5 burning questions with Tim Fitts

Tim Fitts is one of our featured writers at our June 11th reading. Check out our interview with him below.

What is your first memory of writing for fun?

A great friend of mine in third grade began writing ‘novels’ of eight pages, handwritten, to be sold for five dollars each. I remember writing basically the same story over and over with variations in names and places – just like I do now!

How many drafts = done?

Sometimes 2-3, usually 20-60.

What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?

No Country for Old Men.

What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?

The rhythm when the ideas are cooking. Editing at night, getting jazzed about the morning session, then letting all of ideas breathe and the thrill of the radio feed.

What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?

Parlay. It sounds exactly like what it is. I’ve only used the word once, and used it to describe a figurative winning. It felt so good, and I can remember the exact time and place, the same way people in my parents’ generation remember hearing of the Kennedy assassination.

Bonus question: What is your favorite shape of the moon?

Head-on, the image of Marilyn Monroe.


Tim Fitts is a writer and photographer from Philadelphia. He is the author of two collections of short stories. His stories have been published by journals such as The Baltimore Review, Granta, The Gettysburg Review, among many others.

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