“A student asked me, ‘I can’t tell if this story is optimistic or pessimistic.’ I responded, ‘It’s pessimistic, because it’s about living with loss. And it’s optimistic because it’s about living with loss. I can’t explain it any other way.'”
“I see my life as being like a canvas, which I work on creating with my every thought and deed.”
The National Book Award Winner wants to remind you that the way you write is just as important as what you write about.
“Short stories are where I’m naturally drawn,” says the author of Hola and Goodbye, “and novels are sort of something that happen to me.”
Bestselling author Jess Walter discusses “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment,” his podcast with Sherman Alexie on the pleasures and perils of putting words on a page.