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Thomas Fox Averill

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An O. Henry Award story writer, Thomas Fox Averill is Writer-in-Residence at Washburn University of Topeka, KS. His novel, rode, published by the University of New Mexico Press, was named Outstanding Western Novel of 2011 as part of the Western Heritage Awards. His recent work, "Garden Plots," consists of poems, meditations, and short-short stories about gardens, gardeners, garden design, plants, and the human relationship to nature. They can be found on his website. His most recent novel is A Carol Dickens Christmas, published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2014.

Previous novels are Secrets of the Tsil Café, and The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson. His story collections are Ordinary Genius (University of Nebraska Press) and Seeing Mon
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Thomas Fox Averill Although this sounds self-centered, I would love to travel to the world of my next novel, Found--documents from the life of Nell Johnson Doerr. I've o…moreAlthough this sounds self-centered, I would love to travel to the world of my next novel, Found--documents from the life of Nell Johnson Doerr. I've often wondered what I'd find, what I'd see that I didn't think of, and I'd love to ask my characters, or observe, at least, whether I got things right. I'm fascinated by Lawrence, Kansas, from Territorial days of Bleeding Kansas, through its early settlement as the 34th Star. Such time travel would interest me in many ways. I've "Wordled" the novel, and that was interesting, because it's like visiting a map of the language chosen to create the world of the book--it's a kind of revisiting that helps me see things I wouldn't have noticed otherwise. I've "wordled" poetry and short stories, too, and find it visually fascinating.(less)
Thomas Fox Averill I've rarely had writer's block because I subscribe to the William Stafford school of writing, which means we write in order to think, just as we dream…moreI've rarely had writer's block because I subscribe to the William Stafford school of writing, which means we write in order to think, just as we dream in order to understand what's inside our brains. Do we have dreamer's block? No. Stafford said that the best thing for writer's block is to "lower your standards." I agree. If you're writing to discover, rather than to excel, then anything is acceptable.(less)
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A Carol Dickens Christmas: Notes

I was at the Iola (Kansas) Family Reading Festival yesterday, doing a keynote, but also talking about A Carol Dickens Christmas. Someone asked about how much research I had to do for the novel. This is not one of my most highly researched, I thought, until I answered the question.

First, I had to know my Dickens. His A Christmas Carol, of course, but also his other Christmas novels (I highly recomm Read more of this blog post »
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