I would like to interview my writing professor. She is the Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer on campus. Her Brandeis University profile states she co-founded the Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet. The GrubStreet website explains this is, “A competitive and affordable MFA-level course, spanning 12 months, for ten fiction writers interested in deep revision of their novel drafts, a comprehensive craft-based study of the novel form, and a thoughtful introduction to the publishing world.” She has written three well received books. Her debut The Quickening won the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize.
I’d like to learn more about her background and find out more how she wound up in Massachusetts by way of Iowa. Did she always want to be an author? Is she willing to admit an predilections that put her on that path? What is an author before she is an author? When did she seriously consider becoming a novelist? How did she get her first manuscript into the hands of a publisher?
Authors provide entertainment that is necessary in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They can provide a perspective that takes one out of his narrow mindset and makes one consider people/situations/problems more thoughtfully, and critically.
I would get photos of her teaching, in her office and perhaps I can sit in on one of their novel-incubator meetings. I can get sound bytes of keyboards clicking and pages turning.
Hopefully she’s cool with it.