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Beth Castrodale

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Beth Castrodale started out as a newspaper reporter and editor, then transitioned to book publishing, serving for many years as an editor for an academic press. Her novels include Marion Hatley, a finalist for a Nilsen Prize for a First Novel from Southeast Missouri State University Press (published by Garland Press in 2017), and In This Ground (to be published by Garland Press in September 2018). Beth's stories have appeared in such journals as Printer’s Devil Review, The Writing Disorder, and the Mulberry Fork Review. Get a free copy of her novel Gold River when you sign up for her e-newsletter, at http://www.bethcastrodale.com/gold-ri...,

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Beth Castrodale I try to get even a few words down, maybe random scrawlings about a scene or character or notes about where a story might go. Sometimes, I end up just…moreI try to get even a few words down, maybe random scrawlings about a scene or character or notes about where a story might go. Sometimes, I end up just staring into space, thinking or letting my mind wander. For me, that feels like a necessary part of the writing process, even though it doesn't sound very productive.(less)
Beth Castrodale When the writing is going well, few things are better. For me, it's a kind of out-of-body experience that, for two minutes or two hours, makes me…moreWhen the writing is going well, few things are better. For me, it's a kind of out-of-body experience that, for two minutes or two hours, makes me forget how hard writing usually is. In fact, I forget myself entirely.(less)
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Although I recently published my first novel and have had some short stories accepted by journals, I fail far more than I succeed at writing—if success counts as getting a work completed to my satisfaction then accepted for publication.

For now, I’ll put aside the many short stories (and one 300+-page novel) I never finished, or finished then trashed. Instead, let me share some raw statistics ab... Read more of this blog post »
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I love the way this collection immerses us in revelatory episodes or situations from a range of lives. All the stories, even the more surreal ones, capture truths about human experience, with all its darkness, absurdity, and moments of recognition.

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