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Mythic Imagination: The Collected Short Fiction of Joseph Campbell.
2. What classic have you still never gotten around to reading (and why)?
Moby Dick. I've literally tried about five times and can't finish it. I'm still trying to acclimate myself to Melville's tendency to diverge from the narrative for such extended periods.
3. If you could bring back any author from the dead and spend a day with, who would it be (and why)?
John Gardner. He's been a major influence in my writing. But I wouldn't spend the day talking to him about writing. I'd just hang out with him and see who he was apart from writing. That's always more interesting to me.
4. Advice for an unpublished author?
Treat your writing as your job. Go to work every single day.
5. What's next for you?
Right now I'm working on my next manuscript and toying with a screenplay idea.