Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
Who/What has impacted your work the most and how does that come through?
RV: I’ve always been impressed with writers who transcend genre boundaries, take unusual seeming risks or employ the element of surprise with their work. Some of my favorites are Gertrude Stein, Samuel Beckett, Anais Nin, Tomas Transtromer, Janet Frame, Raymond Carver, Ellen Bass, Dorianne Laux, Kate Braverman and Marie Howe.
How do you generate new ideas for your work?
RV: Typically I don’t have problems with this like it seems some writers do. I have a very active imagination, and will read work that usually prompts ideas. Also, I keep a daily journal where I jot down EVERYTHING! It’s been very helpful over the years on those days when I feel less “new” or “excited” about writing. I’m also part of two separate writing groups- a weekly online group (Night Owl Café) and also one locally through Red Oak Writing. These are invaluable for crafting new work, as well as hearing other writers in their creative process weekly.
Read the rest of the interview HERE.