Red Audrey

Blog Tour, Part 1

April 18, 2011
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Today, I visited Bett Norris’ blog for an interview. Check it out here: Bett Norris’ Interview.

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Fattist

March 2, 2011
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Am I a fattist? Well, occasionally people have read Red Audrey, and come away saying, Yes. She’s a fattist. She hates the fat people. All her characters are beautiful pencils. Rich, beautiful pencils, who say mean things about swamp cows. Jane Elliott is filled with self-loathing. It’s her thing. The novel should have been subtitled: Self-Loathing, A Love Story. I have two major regrets about Red Audrey. One, it’s overwritten. I can give you...

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Steady

December 4, 2010
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She sleeps like a child, with her hand tucked under her face, or her arms thrown overhead. I walked home last night along the main road, watched headlights tear into the dark. It has taken me years to return to this valley. To the familiar trees. To the rushing train. My dogs were young when I lived here last. And me as well. Young and ill. Maybe I couldn’t remain in this valley and...

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Tense

February 25, 2009
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I’m writing this current manuscript in first person, present tense (I walk). I’ve never written the majority of a novel in present tense before—although the hospital scenes in Red Audrey are in present tense—and for the scholars among you, there’s a dirty tense trick in the last hospital scene.  The weirdest, and most fascinating of my grad school professors railed against present tense as a dangerous fad. He argued that past tense is designed...

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Of human bondage 2

February 22, 2009
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Did I get sought out because I was a masochist, and they could smell it on me? Or was I the one that sought them? And who do I mean by them? Last spring, during a free-form discussion of her life and work, Dorothy Allison said it took her a while to learn that the “bottom could run the fuck.” When she said that, I looked around at the rest of the audience, and...

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Of human bondage

February 20, 2009
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When I was nineteen, I began to get it a little: my obsession with vulnerability, and how powerful vulnerability could be. And because I was living in Hawaii with no family, and no supervision, and had money and a fake I.D., I worked my newly discovered power. I hadn’t begun to deal with the shame or the guilt, and I certainly hadn’t started to trace my impulse back into my childhood, or tried to...

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Island Food

December 18, 2008
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In college, my roommates and I rented a crazy little house in Kalihi, a suburb of Honolulu, on Oahu. They were all Filipino (except Ina who was Chamorran–though her mother had immigrated to Guam from the Philippines) and taught me to cook lumpia, and roll sushi, and spam musubi (yes, I’m serious) and enjoy shark cake and lomi lomi salmon and pickled onions and any number of exotic dishes. We ate tuna fish mixed...

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Lambda Book Report Interview by Bett Norris

October 10, 2008
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  1)   First, congratulations on a wonderful book. What is your writing process like? Do you work from an outline of ideas or scenes, a roadmap of sorts? Do you let the characters pull you forward through the narrative? (BN)   Thank you.  “Red Audrey” started as a short story that I wrote in graduate school.  The short story was, in its way, quite complete:  four of the five main characters from the...

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