Susan Minot

in conversation with Jordan Pavlin

Recorded August 22nd, 2020

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Susan Minot in conversation with Jordan Pavlin

Saturday, August 22, 2020

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Susan Minot‘s latest release, Why I Don’t Write, is the first collection of short fiction in thirty years from the critically acclaimed author of Monkeys, Evening, and Thirty Girls.

Susan is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her novel Evening was a worldwide best seller and became a major motion picture. She received her MFA from Columbia University and lives with her daughter in New York City and on an island off the coast of Maine.

Jordan Pavlin is Senior Vice President and Editorial Director at Alfred A. Knopf.

There is no good reason. Don’t waste your life waiting for good reasons…You’ll wait and wait.”

– Susan Minot, Evening

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    You’ve said before writers should pursue a “disturbing feeling” in their work. Is this what guides your writing? When did you realize this disturbing feeling was so important?

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    What was the last thing you read or saw that moved you?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

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    How do you find the creative spark for your next work when you have finished a book?

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    What work of yours did you enjoy working on most?

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    What are you working on now? How has the pandemic affected your writing?

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    How do you decide what POV to write from? Do you have a preference?

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    What inspired you to write “Thirty Girls”? What was the research process like for that book?

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    I live in Massachusetts. I wonder what impact, if any, your childhood on the Northshore impacts your writing?

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    “Lust” is one of my all-time favorite short stories. I have used it often in the classroom. How were you able to create such an authentic, traumatized voice for the narrator? Is there any special logic behind the sequence of paragraphs of the narrator’s memories and personal expressions of pain? Thank you!