Categories
Interviews

Self-Worth, Life as a Doll, and Dwelling on Agency

An Interview with Megan Baffoe by Fiction Editor Madeline DeLuca “You must have conviction in your own humanity if you are to survive.”  What gave you the idea to write this story? I was dwelling a lot on the concept of agency, and who gets to claim it. When someone seeks to control others, they […]

Categories
Interviews

The Divinity of Dogs

An Interview with Laura Perkins by Madeline DeLuca The impending apocalypse gave me room to explore a more sentimental, tender story of what it means to love someone, how difficult it can be to give and receive love. I was especially interested in the love we think we’re not supposed to feel, a love that […]

Categories
Interviews

Rituals, Kinship, and Writing As a Way of Seeing

An Interview with Bill Smoot by Madeline DeLuca, Mud Season Review Fiction Co-Editor In the story, Lisa says, “That’s why I paint…so people can see things.” Do you relate to her at all? Do you write for the same reason? Oh, yes. I feel a deep kinship with her. I do write as a way […]

Categories
Interviews

Memory, Mortality, and the Musicality of Life

An Interview with Amy Barnes   By Madeline DeLuca, Mud Season Review Fiction Co-Editor “I think I would be more sad to only have one piece of literature to remember. I like my scattered snatches of remembered characters and stories.” Amy Barnes What—or who—inspired this story? Part of the inspiration does come from the title reference […]

Categories
Interviews

Shih-Li Kow: The Imperfect Messiness of Life

Associate Fiction Editor Madeline DeLuca interviews author Shih-Li Kow. Read Kow’s story “Golden Boys” here. Motherhood might be rewarding but it isn’t romantic in the Hallmark greeting-card way. —Shih-Li Kow   A powerful scene in “Golden Boys” is when Noah sees Kentucky Chan killing the rabbit and Ti Yen calls them “savages.” Why did you […]

Categories
Interviews

Marilyn Hope: Identification of Self & Shedding Ignorance

“I write almost exclusively after midnight and drink many ill-advised cups of coffee.”

–Marilyn Hope