Editor’s Note: This exchange is part of a series of brief interviews with emerging writers of recent or forthcoming books. If you enjoyed it, please visit other interviews in the I’ve Got Questions feature.
- What’s the title of your book? Fiction? Nonfiction? Poetry? Who is the publisher and what’s the publication date?
No Diving Allowed, fiction, short stories, Regal House Publishing, October 6th 2021
- In a couple of sentences, what’s the book about?
It’s about the complexities of relationships, be they between friends, siblings, spouses, parents and children. Each story contains a swimming pool.
- What’s the book’s genre (for fiction and nonfiction) or primary style (for poetry)?
- What’s the nicest thing anyone has said about the book so far?
That it’s “brilliant.”
- What book or books is yours comparable to or a cross between? [Is your book like Moby Dick or maybe it’s more like Frankenstein meets Peter Pan?]
I’ll say a cross between The Stories of John Cheever and Your Duck is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg though not as good as either.
- Why this book? Why now?
I write stories and sometimes they grow into a collection. I don’t think anyone “needs” to read the book or that it’s somehow important in our time. It’s important to me, and with any luck, some people will like it.
- Other than writing this book, what’s the best job you’ve ever had?
Art Director at a weekly magazine.
- What do you want readers to take away from the book?
I’d like readers to feel refreshed by the book, having felt mirth to sadness, a world of emotions.
- What food and/or music do you associate with the book?
Coffee cream and snack bar food; classic rock
- What book(s) are you reading currently?
The Outline Trilogy by Rachel Cusk and her newest, Second Place. Also a terrific collection by Chris Stuck called Give My Love to the Savages.
Learn more about Louise at her website.
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Louise Marbug’s stories are tight, incisive, insightful. Contemporary men and women navigate the strange jagged boundaries of relationships and broken lives with dogged persistence. And, sometimes, they swim.