Clyde Edgerton is the author of ten novels, a book of advice, a memoir, and numerous short stories and essays. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He lives in Wilmington, NC, with his wife, Kristina, and their children.
Edgerton will give the Keynote Address at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference at 8:00 pm on Friday, November 15, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. He will also lead a fiction workshop on Saturday, "Fiction Writing: Some Basics." Registration for the Fall Conference is now open.
What was your favorite book as a child?
If you weren’t a writer, what kind of job would you like to have?
What’s one piece of advice no one gave you when you were starting out, that you wished they had?
Embrace the wisdom of uncertainty.
Any memorable rejections?
Each of the first 202 that I received with my first twelve short stories written during my first four years of writing fiction, 1978 - 1982.
Hemingway wrote standing up; Truman Capote wrote lying down. What posture do you write in?
Sitting or standing.
The Cape Fear Coast is a hotbed for the film industry. In your opinion, what has been the best book-to-screen adaptation?
What was the worst?
Why do you feel it’s important for writers to attend conferences such as the NCWN Fall Conference?
Inspiration and to learn craft shortcuts.
Do you have pet peeves as a reader? As a writer?
As reader: "All right" written as "alright" and two spaces rather than one after a period. As writer: my adverbs.
Are you scheduled in the time you set aside to write, or is your writing time more flexible than that?
Both scheduled and flexible depending on project.
Do you write to discover, or do you write point-to-point (for example, from an outline)?
To discover (sometimes to discover an outline).
What was the first thing you ever published?
A nonfiction piece in my high school newspaper about getting lost in the woods with two friends.
Who is your favorite North Carolina author?
Ah . . . too many.
Clyde Edgerton's most recent book is Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dad's of All Ages.
For his Saturday workshop, he will lead a brisk but informative discussion on the fundamentals of writing good fiction. Register here.