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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. 😀

KC: What’s next for you?

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

About Kristin Centorcelli (672 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).