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Gennifer Choldenko

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There’s a Lego in my bum which fits with the Lego in my chair and when I sit down to write, I hear the satisfying snap of the two pieces fitting together. I love words, dictionaries, thesauruses, sharp pencils, the smell of book ink and the delicious art of carving out sentences on clean white paper. I love to slip into another person’s skin and feel what it’s like to live another life. I love when characters come to me out of nowhere and make me cry so hard my mascara runs or laugh until my stomach hurts. I love the crazy fun and infinite possibility of storytelling.

What prepared me for a life of writing fiction? Though I have a BA from Brandeis University in English and American Literature and a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island Schoo
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Gennifer Choldenko I don't wait around for inspiration. Inspiration comes when my butt is parked in a chair and my fingers are moving over the keyboard. The more I work,…moreI don't wait around for inspiration. Inspiration comes when my butt is parked in a chair and my fingers are moving over the keyboard. The more I work, the more ideas come to me. Or as Tom Robbins said: "I show up in my writing room at approximately 10 A.M. every morning without fail. Sometimes my muse sees fit to join me there and sometimes she doesn't, but she always knows where I"ll be." (less)
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