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Author Interview #2: Howie Good

Howie Good co-edits online journals, Unbroken and Unlost. He is the author of Stick Figure Opera: 99 100-word Prose Poems from Cajun Mutt Press.


Howie, do you believe in writer's block? God forbid.


What does it feel like to be rejected on a literary level? What would you tell others who are facing rejection, especially for the first time?

Rejection always feels bad. But I have learned not to let it make me feel unduly bad or bad for an undue length of time. I manage that by either just sending the piece to another publication or reexamining the piece to see if maybe it does need further work. If it’s the latter, rejection can turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Rejections have provoked me to improve numerous pieces.


What’s your favorite underrated book?

I’m not sure it’s “underrated,” but it’s probably not widely known, Eric Vuillard’s THE ORDER OF THE DAY.


What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever researched for the purpose of a story?

The dreams of Germans living under the Nazis from 1933-1939.


At what point would you/did you consider yourself a literary success?

I feel like a literary success when I have written something worth keeping. This may sound pretentious or falsely modest, but it’s true. Being creative is what being successful means for me.


How many hours per day or week do you dedicate to writing?

50 hours per week.


When you go to edit a rough draft, what’s the first thing you do?

Groan.


Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Almost as soon as I became a serious reader – I was about 14 – I realized I wanted to be a writer.


Describe your writing space.

I write at the kitchen table. It can get noisy, but I worked in newsrooms so I’m accustomed to writing amid chaos and commotion.


Stuff like this, I'm sure.


What is the most difficult part about writing?

Beginnings and endings. Oh, and middles.