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Christine Sneed

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Christine Sneed's fourth book, the short story collection The Virginity of Famous Men, was published in September 2016 and was a finalist for the 2016 Chicago Review of Books Award for best fiction. Her third book, the novel Paris, He Said, an Illinois Reads selection for 2016, was published in 5/2015 by Bloomsbury USA, and it is set in contemporary Paris and New York. The main character, Jayne Marks, is an artist who moves to Paris to live with a French gallery owner who is worldly, generous, and unfaithful.

Her first book, a story collection titled Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, won AWP's 2009 Grace Paley Prize; Ploughshares' award for a first book, the John C. Zacharis Prize; the Chicago Writers Association book of the ye
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Christine Sneed Thank you, Michel, for your kind note. I am no longer with Bloomsbury, unfortunately. What I recommend you do, especially for the US book market, is f…moreThank you, Michel, for your kind note. I am no longer with Bloomsbury, unfortunately. What I recommend you do, especially for the US book market, is find an agent if you don't already have one. You can use a guide like this one from Writers' Digest Books - The Novel and Short Story Writers Market - to get acquainted with how to navigate the NY publishing market - both publishers and agents - and also learn about smaller, independent presses: https://www.amazon.com/Novel-Short-St...(less)
Christine Sneed You've heard some version of this before, I'm guessing, but there's nothing more important: you have to seek out and read with a singleminded passion …moreYou've heard some version of this before, I'm guessing, but there's nothing more important: you have to seek out and read with a singleminded passion books by writers with minds greater than your own.

You also have to be a little ruthless in the face of temptations that can easily lure you away from writing. When the friend calls just before you planned to get back into the short story you've been writing lately and asks you to go shopping, your answer should unequivocally be, "No, but thank you for asking. Maybe next time."

People who aren't writers sometimes don't take to heart the fact that your writing is real work, just as any day job you might also have is.

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Q and A with Ann Tinkham, author of Stories I Can't Show My Mother

1. Did this collection come together gradually, after you'd written a few stories that you...couldn't show your mother? Or did you think of the theme for the collection first?

It came together gradually. I had written fifty short stories over a ten-year period and decided I wanted to publish a story collection or two, even though writer friends, agents, and editors advised against it. “Story collec Read more of this blog post »
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“There are so many ways of classifying our tendencies, but I think one of the most telling must be this: there are those of us who do not wrestle very often or for very long with our appetites, who can simply say, Enough, and walk away, and those of us who are constantly at odds with how much we desire and what we actually allow ourselves. The gay between desire and restraint: here rages the river of discontent, one that often threatens to overflow its banks.”
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“It was all still there, an immense quilt of bold, fantastical human will: the faded tawny golds and grays of the descending rooftops and scorched chimney pots, the cold steel-blue river with its fabled Left and Right Banks, the towers and steeples and crooked cobblestone streets, bisected by wide, brutish boulevards. As seductive as a mirage, but every slab of stone, every silent or uproarious inch of it, real. She had not returned triumphant as a brilliant painter or a self-made woman whose only worry about money was how to spend it ... but she had come back to Paris anyway. It was hard to imagine being unhappy here.”
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“You’re recovering from a war, I had said one night. You’re not yourself and won’t be yourself again for a little while longer. The war was being fought internally, of course,”
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