How long have you been writing?
I've always loved to write. Little poems and short stories used to be all over my journals as a child. Its been a "secret" hobby of mine for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until relatively recently that it became a serious endeavor.
Is Letters in Cardboard Boxes your first novel?
Yes, Letters is my first novel. I started writing in the Fall of 2007 and it took me three years to finish.What led you or inspired you to write this story?
How did you pick the title?
Basically, I started with a number of working titles that were much more vague and obscure and one day I was writing a section of the novel -- I can't remember which exactly -- but it just occurred to me very suddenly. I loved the images that such a title evoked, so I kept it.
I try to keep my characters completely fictional simply because I love writing truly fictional characters, I love the challenge of creating a sense of a genuine person from a fictional place. The one exception to this is the character Phila who is very loosely based on a homeless man I met in college. Very groovy sort of guy with an interesting world view, so I found a place for him in the story.Do any of the characters reflect friends or family members in your life?
Are you currently working on another book?
Yes, I'm working on two new projects right now. The first is a monthly feature on a blog called the Dunce Academy about a recent college graduate searching for work (link below). The other will be my next novel, called 10:15 On A Tuesday, the story of an unlikely friendship between an upper-middle class widower and a psychic (link below as well).
Some of my favorite books are One Hundred Years of Solitude, White Oleander, Ishmael, and A Thousand Splendid Suns. And, I love everything by Kurt Vonnegut. My other favorite authors are Ruth Ozeki and Charles Baxter.What is your favorite book or author?
Favorite time of the day to write?
I'm always more productive late at night. In my "perfect world", I wouldn't have to wake up until noon and I could write every night from Midnight until 3AM.Any advice to aspiring writers?
What have you learned about writing or publishing since releasing this book?If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?I have such a long list of places I want to go. Right now, Portugal is calling to me for some reason, but the list is endless.
Thank you for these questions, Megan!I'm so excited that I got the chance to interview author Abby Slovin. Enter to win an E copy of her novel, Letters In Cardboard Boxes below.
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