5 Questions with Kit Reed on THE STORY UNTIL NOW and the Shirley Jackson Award

[NOTE: This is part of a series of Q&As with the Shirley Jackson Award nominees.]

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. :-D

KC: What’s next for you?

KR: Next thing out, the novel WHERE, due next summer from Tor. Next in my head? Good question!