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What Cannot Be Said Out Loud and Finding the Truth in a Moment

An Interview with Catherine Parnell By Fiction Editor Ann Fisher “In our bay there is no such thing as a secret between us.” In previous work, you note that you often “listen to the music of language” around you to build a story. Was there a word song that sparked “Sisters of the Sacred Well” […]

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Look What My Will Has Done to Me

An Interview with Lucy Zhang By Fiction Editor Ann Fisher I’ve seen warped trees at some national parks and they’ve always struck me. It’s like they’re saying “look what my will to live has done to me.”  –Lucy Zhang How did the storyline for “Final Molt” come to you?  I wanted to write a story […]

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What Helps to Remember: A Child’s Journey into the Killing Fields of Maguindanao Province

An Interview with Isa Lorenzo by Ann Fisher, Mud Season Review Fiction Co-Editor I had to search and search to find the event I think this story is based on— a tragedy that took place in 2009 in Ampatuan, Philippines, where the wife and sisters of the mayor were attempting to file Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu’s […]

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The Trauma of Falling, the Hope in Writing

An Interview with Elena Sichrovsky by Ann Fisher, Mud Season Review Fiction Co-Editor “I firmly believe that having an audience for your first drafts and receiving feedback is essential to becoming a good writer.” Elena Sichrovsky Our readers found “did it hurt when you fell” hauntingly beautiful. Tell us a bit about how you found […]

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The Crooked Line From Draft to Publication

Fiction Editor Ann Fisher interviews author Kimm Brockett Stammen. Read Brockett Stammen’s story “Hannie’s House” here. “A lot of times I don’t know what a story is really about, or it’s about six different things and it won’t choose.” Kimm Brockett Stammen Our readers found the voices in “Hannie’s House” particularly compelling, and the relationship […]

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Amanda Yskamp: Allowing Characters to Surface

Fiction Editor Ann Fisher interviews Issue #57’s fiction writer Amanda Yskamp Find Amanda’s work here. “If a story lacks energy or focus, sometimes it can be saved by rendering it in an entirely different mode.” —Amanda Yskamp We were drawn into “Diorama” right away! You drop us into a moment that expands to a completeness […]

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Nicholas LaMendola: A Complicated World

Ann Fisher interviews Issue #54 Fiction author Nicholas LaMendola, regarding his piece “to my love, a portrait.” “The world is complicated!  I constantly catch myself oversimplifying, flattening other people’s points of view, disregarding the challenges and nuances that make people the way they are.”  Nicholas LaMendola What inspired you to write “to my love, a […]

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Blake Johnson: Finding safety in a chaotic world

“My wish is that people will say this to themselves after reading my stories: “Someone understands. I am no longer alone.”
 Blake Johnson

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Resilience and healing in challenging times

Fiction editor Ann Fisher interviews Bari Lynn Hein about perspective and the writing process for “Curtain Call,” her story of resilience and healing in challenging times.   Tell us about how “Curtain Call” came to being. “Curtain Call” had been in my head for some time. When the pandemic hit, I decided it was time […]