I’ve been a fan of Wagner’s since I discovered Running with Stilettos. Since then, I’ve devoured every one of Wagner’s essays like a box of Oreo cookies, taking apart their wisdom and dipping them into the milk of my life. When Wagner asked me to participate in her book blog tour, I was both thrilled and honored to be asked.
Wagner, who divides her time between working as a criminal prosecutor, essayist, mother, gardener, and life adventurer, posed some questions to me about my life as a writer.
Wagner: What are you currently working on?
Lam Turpin: I have just finished proofreading galleys of a short story, “The Clay Ring,” which will appear in Art and Understanding, an anthology to be published by Black Lawrence Press.
Wagner: How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Lam Turpin: My literary short stories hold one emotion taut as a rope from beginning to end, allowing the reader to explore the consequences of that emotion. They are tiny gemstones that can be read in one sitting and remembered for years to come.
Wagner: Why do you write what you do?
Lam Turpin: With my short stories, I have an emotion which I am bursting to express. I think my best work came before the advent of the Internet. Now anyone can post a feeling or experience instantly as a status update. Before that platform existed, thoughts and feelings were allowed to ferment into a story. It’s the same process that creates wine. You take the raw material and send it through a process of transformation. I managed to write and publish hundreds of literary short stories this way, over a dozen of my best which appear or reappear in The Human Act.
Wagner: How does your writing process work?
Lam Turpin: My writing process has evolved over the past 25 years. When I first started, I wrote on deadline only. When I married and had a child, I started getting up an hour early to write before the baby woke. The process hasn’t changed much since then.
I want to thank Mary T. Wagner again for inviting me to participate in this blog tour.
Next week, discover the writing of Steve Lindahl.
Steve Lindahl’s debut novel, Motherless Soul, was published in 2009 by All Things That Matter Press. His short fiction has appeared in Space and Time, The Alaska Quarterly, The Wisconsin Review, Eclipse, Ellipsis and Red Wheelbarrow. He served for five years as an associate editor on the staff of The Crescent Review, a literary magazine he co-founded.
Lindahl’s background in Theater Arts has helped nurture a love for intricate characters in complex situations that is evident in his writing. He and his wife Toni live and work together outside of Greensboro, North Carolina. They have two adult children: Nicole and Erik. White Horse Regressions is Steve Lindahl’s second novel.