Kit Reed is the author of the Alex Award-winning Thinner Than Thou and many other novels, including The Night Children, her first young adult work. Reed has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and has been a James W. Tiptree Award finalist. Kit Reed lives in Middletown, CT, where she is Resident Writer at Wesleyan University.
Kit kindly answered a few questions about her Shirley Jackson Award nominated collection The Story Until Now.
Kristin Centorcelli: Congrats on the Shirley Jackson Award nomination! Will you tell us a bit about your collection?
Kit Reed: As it’s a collection, there’s no way I can tell you about 34 stories and where they all started; every story comes at me from a different direction, and half the time, when I start. I have *no way* of knowing how the story’s going to come out?
KC: What, or who, have been some of the biggest influences on your writing,and why did you first begin writing?
KR: Everything I ever read or lived through; of writers, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Graham Greene, Iris Murdoch,Theodore Sturgeon, I could go on…
KC: If you could experience one book again for the very first time, which one would it be?
KR: Probably the first Oz book I ever read ALL BY MYSELF at six or so, no idea which one it was.
KC: What does it mean to you to be nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award?
KR: That people who care about all the same things I care about—and who worry about most of them—recognized me for doing what I do. And the rock. I GET ANOTHER ROCK.
KC: What’s next for you?
KR: Next thing out, the novel WHERE, due next summer from Tor. Next in my head? Good question!