Our guest today is the very prolific Christine Sneed. Christine’s first book, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, won AWP’s 2009 Grace Paley Prize, was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize in first fiction. Portraits also won Ploughshares’ Zacharis Award for a first book and was named one of the seven best books of the year by Time Out Chicago. Her second book, the novel Little Known Facts, will be published in February by Bloomsbury. Her short stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, Ploughshares, New England Review, Southern Review and a number of other journals. She lives in Evanston, IL.
Christine came by to talk to us about her new novel, why she begins writing each story by finding a title, and the unpublished novels still sitting in her desk drawer.
In Christine’s words:
I don’t see myself unearthing [my old manuscripts]. Often what’s most interesting is new work. You feel like some of your old work is like old clothes in the closet. I don’t really want to wear that anymore.
And we get things started with a discussion of our New Year’s writing resolutions. Like most writers, we feel angsty when the New Year rolls around. But this year is going to be different.
The book release party for Little Known Facts is on February 21 at Women and Children First, 7 p.m. The paperback version of Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry is also being released. Be sure to go by and help Christine celebrate!