siel ju

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Interviews
Amelia Gray on emotions, odalisque sentences, and a cold Italian beach

Amelia Gray on emotions, odalisque sentences, and a cold Italian beach

Every month, I interview an author I admire on her literary firsts. I first discovered Amelia Gray’s writing through Gutshot, her collection of sharp, macabre short stories that took me through all sorts of emotions: fear, discomfort, anxiety — and almost always, surprise. So when I picked up her latest novel,… read more

Five firsts: Gina Sorell on switching careers, swapping agents, and making money

Five firsts: Gina Sorell on switching careers, swapping agents, and making money

Every month, I interview an author I admire on her literary firsts. Gina Sorell’s made a lot of bold choices in her life, switching creative careers, swapping literary agents, and shaking up her life to move across  countries and continents. Her debut novel, Mothers and Other Strangers, is equally bold. Part psychological thriller,… read more

Five firsts: Dana Johnson on identity, code switching, and erasure

Five firsts: Dana Johnson on identity, code switching, and erasure

Every month, I interview an author I admire on her literary firsts. July’s featured writer is Dana Johnson, author of Break Any Woman Down. This award-winning short story collection is complex and provocative, often starring characters in the margins of society.  A black stripper tries to figure out what she wants… read more

Cake Time interview with The Rumpus

Cake Time interview with The Rumpus

Thank you to The Rumpus for interviewing me about Cake Time and writing! Here’s a quick excerpt from A Funny Inevitability: In Conversation with Siel Ju: Rumpus: You ended the novel on this note of uncertainty with the character in this common adult situation, with someone who doesn’t want to… read more

Five firsts: Samantha Dunn on salsa, self-love, and success

Five firsts: Samantha Dunn on salsa, self-love, and success

Every month, I interview an author I admire on her literary firsts. June’s featured author is Samantha Dunn, author of Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex, and Salvation. This memoir is funny, irreverent, and heartfelt. It starts with the newly divorced, thirty-something Samantha’s introduction to salsa — via… read more

Five firsts: Rob Roberge on on binge writing, craft, and realistic expectations

Five firsts: Rob Roberge on on binge writing, craft, and realistic expectations

Every month, I interview an author I admire on his literary firsts. April’s featured author is Rob Roberge, author of The Cost of Living, a wild ride of a novel starring Bud Barrett — guitarist of an indie rock band — who goes from reckless days of touring and partying… read more