Essays & Interviews

“It happened before the first game,
before the old man even got out of his warm-up jacket…shooting around one second, down on the floor the next, all lights all the way out. No pulse, no breath, no anything. One man’s wish come true…”  
Arrive Magazine, 2015 [PDF]

“I could see where I wanted to get to as a writer,
and it could not be reached by any slow, organic development, but must be gained in one great heave of effort…”  [PDF]

“Grohl was there to claim Sound City’s
original recording console — the very piece of equipment upon which he and Cobain had laid down “Smells Like Teen Spirit” a long two decades ago — and Mark and I were the guys tearing out the old Sound City…”  Algonquin Books Blog [PDF]

“I knew I was guilty of pulling the alarm,
and I knew Mr. H knew I was guilty of pulling the alarm. But all that mattered to me, the lawyer’s son, in that moment, was that the blue ink was not from the fire alarm. It was not proof of my guilt...”  Criminal Element [PDF]

“After receiving the news that Sedaris
would be recommending my book on his spring U.S. book tour, I had the fateful brainstorm that I must hop in my truck and follow this man around America…” [PDF]

The 2010 Sedaris Shadow Tour
Fiction Writer Follows David Sedaris Around America NPR’S The Story

“As Flannery O’Connor put it,
‘I am amenable to criticism but only within the sphere of what I’m trying to do.’ The voice the writer needs to learn to trust most is her own, and that just plain takes time…”  Algonquin Books Blog [PDF

“Q: What advice would you give someone who
wanted to have a life in writing? A: Do not be in a rush. Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Also, writing is always there. After raising the family & having the other career or whatever, you can always begin writing. Or begin again…” Q&A / Podcast

Pete Garceau on Designing THE CURRENT Cover
although I’m pretty good at Photoshop, I couldn’t get it to look as ‘real’ as I wanted. So I printed out some type on a dark blue background, added some tap water and placed it in the freezer overnight…”  Spine Magazine [PDF]

“The book was called DRAWING THE HUMAN FIGURE,  and within it were beautiful illustrations of the human form, many of them nudes. Female nudes. I was still a kid, and my mother had given me a book full of female nudes…” BookReporter [PDF]

“Three years later, with a few published stories,
my first literary agent, and my MFA in hand, I left UMass, Amherst, and began hitting things with a hammer…”
Barnes & Noble [PDF]

“Here was a self-made lawyer,
a legislator, and a homeowner—and his sons had become the bad kids of the neighborhood. The ones other parents told their kids to stay away from. How embarrassed he must’ve been…”  The House That Made Me [PDF

“At the time, I was in the middle of
an extended nonwriting jag, and the last thing I wanted to do was take on a real job that would give me even less time to not write. But finally I realized that not writing might just be a new way of life, and so I loaded up my tools and drove west…”  Algonquin Books [PDF]

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