Katy Gunn hula hoops. Her first book, Textile School, is forthcoming from The Lit Pub in the fall of 2014, and a free chapbook is available at NAP.
Can you share a moment that has shaped you as a writer (or continues to)?
When I was a teenager, my best friend and I used to follow creeks around rural Georgia. Whenever one went under a road, we would crawl into the tunnel, where I would tell her she had better be a good fighter jet flyer and she would tell me I had better be a good writer.
What are you reading?
Right this second, Claire Donato’s Burial and Toni Morrison’s Paradise. Recently, I keep going back to Danielle Dutton’s S P R A W L, and next in my stack is Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy.
Can you tell us what prompted “from Turnspit“?
There are these podcasts, “Stuff You Missed in History Class.” I do nearly everything except writing while listening to them. And I usually want to write when I finish them. This one was “Lambert the Pretender, Irish-Crowned King.”
What’s next? What are you working on?
A kind of historical overview of characters named Hermione. Oh, right, I’m also reading Harry Potter. I mean, in general.
Take the floor. Be political. Be fanatical. Be anything. What do you want to share?
Last night, someone read from the back of a book by Gertrude Stein that she wrote it in some number of months in a house someone just let her borrow. If you have a house you are itching to just let someone borrow, I am so interested.