Before I get to the question of the week, I want to show you Lance’s brilliant new digs.
Okay, here’s your question: For all of you writers, artists, photographers, and people captured by a certain place on the map, would you tell me about the setting that keeps cropping up in your work?
And unrelated, but I’m just curious: Favorite Beatle. And favorite Beatles’ song. (Kenny, if you don’t play today, I’ll think you don’t love me.)
Wednesday, you’ll meet Jim Tomlinson, whose book THINGS KEPT, THINGS LEFT BEHIND features stories set in Kentucky and characters who find themselves at crossroads in their lives – noticing, for example, that a relationship is over, that it’s time to say goodbye to the past, or that they are not living the lives they’ve dreamed for themselves.
This is from the back cover: Jim Tomlinson’s characters each face the desire to reclaim dreams left behind, along with something of the dreamer that was also lost.
I could say things like this about Jim:
His work has (or will soon) appear in: Five Points, Shenandoah Review, The Potomac Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. He’s received the following awards: 2006 Iowa Short Fiction Award, 2006 Walter E. Dakin Fellowship (Sewanee Writers Conference), teaching fellowship at 2006 Wesleyan Writers Conference, 2005 Nougat Magazine Fiction Grand Prize, 2004 Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, 2003 Runciple Spoon Fiction Award (Indiana University Writers Conference).
But here’s what matters more:
Jim Tomlinson is one of those rare writers who is as interested in other people’s projects and success as he is in his own. He reads his friends’ books and blogs and rough drafts. He encourages them when they want to give up. And he shares his rejection letters with humility and humor.
So, Wednesday, when you hear him talk about his book, remember he’s that kind of a writer.
He’s a hiker, a reader, a shameless eavesdropper. He once played center and linebacker on a high school football team that won every game for four years, thirty-three consecutive games. (And he did it wearing the same jersey number as my Joey Porter!) He leaps Lego buildings in a single bound (given a running start), deciphers most notes scribbled to himself, sings show tunes in the shower, collects vintage vinyl LPs, clutter and dust!
Stop by Wednesday to meet Jim and say hello.