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ARDOR Literary Magazine - Issue Two, May 2013

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AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL LANDWEBER, AUTHOR OF "TOUCH" In each issue the editor selects one prose writer and one poet to feature, offering readers a short interview with these writers. Michael Landweber, author of our featured short story, Touch, was kind enough to respond to a few questions. ARDOR: What was most challenging about writing Touch? Which parts came easiest? ML: The most challenging part about writing Touch was drawing Kathy out fully. I knew I wanted to tell a story about a woman finding some peace with herself, despite the casual cruelty of others about her appearance. The hardest scenes to write were between her and her mother, but I also think that those are the most important. It was the relationship with her mother that allowed me to get inside the character. Not sure I would say any of it came easily. This was a challenging story for me to write and it took many years to finish. I suppose the title was the easiest part. I always knew it would be called Touch. ARDOR: Every writer has a unique process – tell us a bit about how you work and how your writing process has evolved (if it has) over time. ML: My writing process has definitely evolved over time. I have become a much slower and more deliberative writer as I get older. Part of that is by necessity. With kids and work and the other responsibilities of adult life, it is nearly impossible to find the five or six hour marathon blocks of time that I somehow had in my early 20s. Even if I do find that much free time, I no longer have it in me to write for that long in one sitting. And it is a good thing too. My younger self often wrote with a desperation that was not ideal for the work. I often wondered if I could actually finish the story I wanted to tell. I was worried that I wouldn't remember everything I wanted to say unless I got it down on paper immediately. I knew I was running a marathon, but I couldn't help sprinting. Now, I am confident that when I start something it will be finished, eventually. I know for an absolute fact that I will forget wonderful phrases and snippets of dialogue and beautiful moments that come to me in the middle of the night, but that my work (cont.)

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