NAN GOLDBERG - 11 Questions
11 Questions from the October 2014 Short Story Screenplay Winner.
1. What is your short story about?
It's about a middle-aged couple having an affair that unexpectedly becomes addictive. It's about being between a rock and a hard place. It's about living with grief so intense, it changes you.
2. Why should people read your short story?
I think people who are the age of these characters or older will identify completely. There aren't a whole lot of stories about falling in love in middle age. But beyond that, it's about two people suffering, and one person suffering so much she starts to fall apart in terrible ways. I think every adult, of every age, will find it haunting.
3. What motivated you to write this story?
I can never say why a particular story comes to me, or why it resonates. It just does.
4. What is the movie you've seen the most in your lifetime?
5. What artists would you love to work with?
Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt seem totally professional but also fun to be with.
6. How many stories have you written?
About ten, plus four novels in various stages of completion. I have only submitted three stories, though, including this one.
7. How long have you been writing?
My entire life. I wrote my first novel at the age of 7. Unfortunately it is no longer extant.
8. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Definitely still here on the Cape, working on a novel for which I have a decent advance, enough to let me just write instead of desperately trying to shove writing into the tiny spaces between work and home obligations.
9. What motivated you to submit to the WILDsound Writing Festival?
It promised a critique of the story for every entry. I felt that whether I won or not, I would still be getting my money's worth. And I did; the critique was marvelous.
10. What else are you passionate about?
You mean besides my family and my dog?
Reading. Supporting Israel. Fairness and justice (I actually think justice is impossible, but fairness can happen sometimes.) Preventing genocide. Human rights. Figuring out what went wrong in this country, that makes children want to kill. Trying to understand how human beings can commit atrocities against each other. These things are very much on my mind.
11. Any tips or suggestions to other writers?
Make sure you're passionate about your subject, your story, and your characters, because you're going to be living with them for a long time. Write every day, even if your word count is small; keep the momentum going. Don't listen to the voice inside that's telling you your story sucks. Trust your instincts, but know your grammar.