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Chewing the Page: The Mourning Goats Interviews

by Phil Jourdan

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“Chewing the Page: The Mourning Goats Interview” is an interesting look into the world of writers. It is a collection of interviews that were first posted on the website called Mourning Goats. As a person who always likes to look behind the scenes, I was drawn to this book. Some of the authors that were interviewed include Michael Kun, Stephen Elliott, and Chelsea Cain. The authors were asked such questions as “what do you think taught you the most in about writing, and why? Education? Experience? Writing?” and “what are your thoughts about basing characters on real people?”

This book is great for aspiring writers. Writers who have been published seem to have this aura around them that they “made it.” But through these interviews, you find out that it was and still is a lot of hard work to write a good story. You also learn that just because you get a book published doesn’t mean you can quit your day job.

I enjoyed reading the interviews and liked that compilation didn’t just include the serious side of writing and authors, but also included the private and oftentimes silly side.

**I received this book through GoodReads First Reads Giveaway. This did not influence my review.** ( )
  HeatherMS | Jul 28, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 178099589X, Paperback)

This is the first collection of creative writing-related interviews originally posted on Mourning Goats, a website founded by the mysterious Mr Goat. Over a year of mostly anonymous work, the Goat managed to interview some of the most exciting English-language authors around. Edited by Phil Jourdan and the Goat himself, and featuring expanded interviews not available online, Chewing the Page offers a series of weird and hilarious glimpses at the world of writing. Includes interviews with Stephen Graham Jones, Craig Clevenger, Paul Tremblay, Donald Ray Pollock, Stephen Elliott, Chad Kultgen, Chelsea Cain, Rick Moody, Christopher Moore and Nick Hornby, and others.

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