Borrowings of the Shan Van Vocht by Catherine Moore is set to release on April 14, 2020 and we are excited about it! Who wouldn't be? It's about bog bodies. Given the upcoming release, we'd like you to get to know Ms. Moore a bit better, so we interviewed her, and here is what she had to say:
If you could cook dinner for any author, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you make?
Despite my book’s subject matter, I don’t find dining with a dead person appealing. This narrows the field to the alive, which should make it an easier choice, but it does not. After much too much reflection, I would invite Margaret Atwood to dinner. She is seemingly a genius in every genre and she’s fierceless in her approach. I will dazzle her with my chicken curry and, most liking, bore her with my pedestrian observations on her poetry.
What scares you the most about the writing process? How do you combat your fears?
I’m not sure I experience fear about the process. The most difficult part of it for me is in the final editing—when to stop pruning and polishing, and call it done. Having an honest and encouraging critique partner helps.
Who is your biggest literary crush, author or character?
Is this a guilty-pleasure question? A first literary crush was Robin Hood. Brave, generous, daring—a master of archery, disguises, and dashes through forest thickets (without even getting a run in the tights.) This crush probably remains and extends to all Robin Hood-esk characters, outliers who defend the common good, roguish fighters of injustice, altruistic rebels.
What books are on your nightstand?
All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr), The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield), and Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary.
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
The ordinary. The weird. Mostly, the weirdness in the ordinary.
Favorite punctuation mark? Why?
The em-dash—it connects—leaves room for breath—and thought.
What book were you supposed to read in high school, but never did?
Wuthering Heights. I’d already seen the BBC version on television and could pass the quizzes, so I skimmed the novel. I know there are not the same, and I make an effort to read the book first nowadays. Though, sometimes I come across a story and watch it before knowing a book existed first, such as in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.
What inanimate object would you thank in your acknowledgements?
The bog bodies, naturally. Once living, once of spirit, of warm human experience. My intention is to honor them; to give them voice.
Why do you write? The first 5 words that come to mind. Go.
It is like fresh air.
If you could write an inspirational quote on the mirrors of aspiring writers, what would you write?
Live in the “place” of which you write.
Catherine Moore is the author of three chapbooks and the collection ULLA! ULLA! (Main Street Rag). Her work appears in Tahoma Literary Review, Roanoke Review, Southampton Review, Appalachian Heritage, Mid-American Review and in various anthologies. She’s been awarded Walker Percy and Hambidge fellowships; her honors also include the Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Prize, a Nashville MetroArts grant, inclusion in the juried BEST SMALL FICTIONS, as well as Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations. Catherine holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and she teaches at a community college. She’s tweetable @CatPoetic
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