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Monday, February 27, 2012
Robert Vaughan Interviews MaryAnne Kolton for Some Unknown Reason
Remember this, Robert?
one food you have not eaten since childhood, and why?
MAKCampbell's Chicken Noodle
Soup. My father was out of work and
money was tight. My mother found
an unbelievable deal on the above, so she bought three cases! We lived a half a block from the school and
came home for lunch every day. For
almost a year we arrived in the kitchen to face a steaming hot bowl of ( makes
my stomach roll just to think about this) Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup. Yuck.
there one person you can think of whose writing makes you want to write
immediately. If so, who, and why?
MAK Aargh! I hate being confined to a
choice from a group consisting of one. I'm
not a very decisive person. You know me,
I'm the one at the restaurant where all my friends are starting on the third
course, and menu still in hand, I'm musing, "Um, maybe the salmon, but
I don't really feel like fish."
Getting back to your
question, I get so much inspiration from so many writers. A theme, a word, a phrase, or even an author's
note can make me run to the computer. That's not one person, though, is
it? Okay. I can't pick one,
however, I will say that writers whose fiction easily transitions to prose
always makes me think,Now
that’s how I want to write. Kazuo
Ishiguro, Leah Hager Cohen, Karen Alvtegen and Alice Hoffman are just a few
examples. Recently, I wrote a fairy tale
that I thought came pretty close. It’s been
accepted and due to be published at some point. Links will be everywhere. I've considered hiring a skywriter. . .
RV Any animal that terrifies you? Why?
MAK No. I
am such an over the top animal lover. I
suppose I wouldn't be enamored of an out of control orangutan with a
face-eating compulsion or any animal with a face-eating compulsion for that
matter, but overall I'm not afraid of much of anything. I do have one
sister that . . .well, never mind about her.
draft-Paper and Pen? Or Computer and
keypad? Describe your first draft
MAK Computer and keypad, even though
I am the world's worst typist. For a first draft I just write all the
thoughts I have about the story any old which way - just to get ideas on paper.
Sometimes, the main charactertellsme the story, but that's rare.
Then I go back again, clean it up, look for better words. You know the
drill. It's not unusual for JLD and I to be in the kitchen getting coffee
and I’m saying "Don't talk to me. I'm
writing in my head." God forbid
that I lose the perfect phrase. My memory is not what it used to be, for
RV What matters more: expensive thread-count bed
sheets? Or fancy anniversary
MAK Twelve hundred thread count all the way. JLD says I'm a hedonist at heart.
I have a luxe king size bed, down pillows and comforter and twelve sets
of sheets. Six for summer and six for
winter. Sleeping comfortably is more
important to me than breathing. Almost.
One of the stories I wrote, The Love Tap,is pretty much about me and sleeping.
really rambled on here, didn't I? Sorry to be so wordy but you know how
it goes. . .