For me, a brilliant piece of writing often shatters what I thought I knew, dumps it out – messy and unrecognizable – before rearranging the pieces in a way that shifts my perception. That perception might be nudged significantly or incrementally but after reading the last page, I almost always see more deeply and with more generosity. Lynn Sloan’s most recent collection of short stories, This Far Isn’t Enough, is one of those collections I tumbled into, and when I came up for air, emerged changed.
Her stories crack open the lives of a wide range of characters and her writer’s eye seeks out a truth – quite masterfully and economically – about each one of those characters’ situations.
Christine Rice: You are a fine art photographer and teacher. You have published short stories in a number of publications. You have written one novel. This Far Isn’t Enough is your second book.
Can you talk about your journey as an artist? What did you create as a child? When did your interest in visual art begin? When did you start writing?