- Why this book?
Having begun the Maine Metaphor series with The Green and Blue House, I wanted to continue my explorations in the forthcoming Experience in the Western Mountains, learning of Maine’s nature and characteristic ways. Through experience, studies, and writing I learn. I also wanted to learn enough about the character of the people to write fiction set in a landscape like that found here. This quest began 30 years ago.
Here’s where we lived on beginning these creative nonfiction books. It now has a new metal roof to shed snowloads. I wrote most of Maine Metaphor here.
What was the most difficult part of your quest to understand and write about Maine?
I learned that research was a must if I wanted to enflesh the story of being in Maine. Through his example, CS Lewis taught the importance of research in writing creatively. But the research was not difficult, nor was finding the metaphor. I was learning, yes, but it would have been more difficult not to write because writing and education help one endure mentally and emotionally.
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How were you able to go to school and live while writing?
My spouse supported our family as you’ll see in the book—not so I could write but so I could eat! He had his own struggles earning in this part of Maine. He is retired now, so the income is fixed, but it’s seasonal and difficult still for others making a living here.
Did you end up writing your Maine novels? And what are you working on now?
I wrote my Maine novels: The God’s Cycle and Gott’im’s Monster 1808. Today I’m writing science fictional other/alternate worlds, and a couple companion books of essays describing and demonstrating the craft.
WIPF & STOCK’s unique publishing model:
Other Maine books, all fiction, are independently published. I’m grateful to have work now published by W&S (imprint, Resource Publications), making my efforts in combination with traditional publishing.
Read my post on the new contract to learn more about the mock interview.