1. What made you want to become a writer?
I’m not sure if there is only one thing that made me want to be a writer. I think mostly it had to do with the joy I found in reading, how intimate a story can be if the writing is honest and true. Writing is the one thing I’m good at so I sort of just continued with it.
2. What is your genre or writing style and has it changed over time?
I’m not sure if I am contained to a specific genre, but I guess it would be more or less Literary Fiction. I find most joy in writing about life and things that connect us as human beings. Death, love, loneliness. I tried my hand at a few mystery stories. Tried writing horror, but scared myself. So I had to step away from that.
3. What has helped you the most in the writing pursuit?
Rejections. Some artists and creative people find rejections to be crushing to their ego and when something gets a bad review or they get a rejection slip, they come up with excuses of how the editor or whomever is wrong. But I’ve always found rejections to be what fueled my writing even more. I have a drawer full of rejection slips and I keep them close by when I write.
4. How would you describe your writing practice?
I try to be up at a relatively early hour. I’ll usually start my day with coffee and a cigarette and read for a while. Then I’ll sit down and write from eight or nine in the morning until noon or one. My goal is usually ten-thousand words per day. Whether I’m working on a project or not. Some days I’m lucky to get a thousand words, others, the ten-thousand just pours out of me. Either way, I write every morning, no matter the day. It’s just something I have to do.
5. What are you writing now?
I’m finishing up a new novel currently. This is the fourth draft of it. I wrote and completed three earlier versions, and although my agent enjoyed them very much, I still felt there was something wrong. So I deleted them each time. This draft though I think I’m finally getting closer. There’s always the image of perfection that I have in mind and it’s something that stays just out of reach. But I try to get closer each day.
6. Where can someone find out more about your work?
I have a website and blog that I update every so often: www.spencerkmbrown.com and I am also on social media. I publish a lot of stories and poems in literary journals and magazines as well.
photo by Kristen Bryant