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Audrey Kalman writes literary fiction with a dark edge, often about what goes awry when human connection is missing from our lives. She is the author of two novels, What Remains Unsaid and Dance of Souls. Her collection of short fiction, Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories was published in 2018 and was shortlisted for the 2019 Rubery Book Award. Her latest publication is "The Last Storyteller," in release weekly on the Kindle Vella platform.

Many online and print journals have published her short fiction and poetry, including "Boundoff," "Every Day Fiction," "Fault Zone," "The Jewish Literary Journal," "Mash Stories," "Pithead Chapel," "Punchnels," "The Sand Hill Review," and "Sixfold." She edited two editions of the "Fault Zone" anthology
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Audrey Kalman I find the best antidote to writer's block is to write every day. I don't require myself to write something good every day, or even something I'll sha…moreI find the best antidote to writer's block is to write every day. I don't require myself to write something good every day, or even something I'll share. I try to write first thing in the morning, for 20-40 minutes. Often I'll use a prompt. I find my prompts in all kinds of places--it may be a fragment of a poem, a line from a book I'm reading, or even a random sequence of words from the cookbooks on my shelf. Giving myself permission to PLAY and have fun really helps prevent block.

Of course, block does rear its ugly head when I'm trying to finish something and feel stuck. In that case, taking time away from what I'm stuck on, whether to work on something else or to take a walk, brush the cats, or call a friend, often lets my subconscious go to work on the problem in a way that my conscious mind can't. (less)
Audrey Kalman Great question. As far as literary influences, it's a sum of all the authors I've loved reading through my life. Early (literary) favorites of mine we…moreGreat question. As far as literary influences, it's a sum of all the authors I've loved reading through my life. Early (literary) favorites of mine were William Faulkner, Vladimir Nabokov, John Cheever, Joan Didion, and Philip Roth. More contemporary authors I enjoy are Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, T.C. Boyle, Jumpa Lahiri, and Chris Bojalian.

The trick as an author, I find, is to soak up the style and approach of a favorite author but then let it go during the writing process so the other author's voice doesn't drown out my own. (less)
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Rumi
“The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you
Don't go back to sleep!
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep!
People are going back and forth
across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,
The door is round and open
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