5 Burning Questions with Kristina Gaddy

Kristina Gaddy is one of our featured writers at our March 10th reading. Check out our interview with her below.

What is your first memory of writing for fun?

At some point in my precocious childhood, sitting around with a notebook writing who knows what, thinking I was fancy.

How many drafts = done?

As many as it takes. I’m a fast writer (and I love writing), and a slow editor (and I like it much less than writing).

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

My favorite book of the moment is Jane Alison’s Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative. I really enjoy analyzing structure in storytelling, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, writing or film/TV. Alison goes deep in mostly fiction to explore non-traditional structure, suggesting that we don’t always have to have the “narrative arc” we’ve been told we need.

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

I love sharing fascinating stories that people don’t know about, but should! In history, we often get limited narratives, or people just think it’s boring because it’s already happened, but I want the new, the innovative, the motivating in history. I think there’s always new stuff to learn and share with writing about history.

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

Hmmm…. I don’t think I have a favorite work. I do tend to overuse obviously, if that counts.

Bonus question: who inspires you the most, living or dead, real or fictional?

All the people, alive or dead, who aren’t getting credit for the awesome sh*t they do.


Kristina Gaddy is the author of Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis (Dutton 2020). She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College, and her writing has appeared in local and national publications including The Washington PostBaltimore magazine, OZYBitch online, and Narratively. She’s currently working on her second book, Well of Souls: Searching for the Banjo’s Lost History. 

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