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Original Essays | September 18, 2014 0 comments
On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
Monica DrakeDescribe your latest book.
Clown Girl is a novel about a young woman, an artist, who is serious about clowning. She takes a lot of personal risks in an effort to forge the kind of life that matters to her most, a creative life, and a life of integrity. It's a book about what it means to make oneself vulnerable in service of a larger vision rather than give in to the everyday bullying of poverty, the lure of all the wrong men.
For a while I worked as a clown, but there are stranger jobs on my resume. I once took a job demonstrating vibrators the store called them "muscle massagers" on the top floor of a downtown department store during the holiday rush. I didn't last three minutes. The woman in Human Resources offered me the job. I said yes. Then she said, "We'll expect you to dress better." I said, "Oh, okay, no thanks." The job wouldn't have paid enough to buy a new shirt. I went back downstairs, unemployed again, and rode my bike home.
Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good book with which to start.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands and why did you read it?
Who are your favorite characters in history? Have any of them influenced your writing?
Aside from other writers, name some artists from whom you draw inspiration and talk a little about their work.
Dogs, cats, budgies, or turtles?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Five Short Novels That'll Knock You Out
These are books I read when I first started writing. They blew me away with their beauty and compression.