Author Emma Donoghue says writing short stories is sort of like falling in love. "It's almost like sexual chemistry. You can't fake it. You can get together with the material and hope that something comes of it, but it cannot be forced," she tells us.
Photo by Nina Subin Emma Donoghue
Donoghue, who is coming to Houston as part of the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series on November 12, goes on, "I realize that even though I may have done weeks of research on a story, sometimes it's just time to put it away. What's crucial to me is to make each story riveting on its own, and not just offer people slabs of information."
It seems the critics and public both agree that the short stories in Donoghue's latest collection, Astray, are riveting. Astray has been doing something that short-story collections rarely do: getting lots of critical praise and selling lots of copies. Its success has surprised even Donoghue. "I never imagined that a book of short stories would be getting me big fat reviews in USA Today and People," she tells us. "Short-story writers usually have a bit of an inferiority complex because our books don't sell as well, but this one has just been so warmly received."More »