On Tuesdays, I post Twitter interviews I've done with writers (5 questions, 5 answers, 1400 characters). I call them #twitterviews. Recently, I had the honor of sitting down (figuratively) with Charles Dodd White. It was the longest of my #twitterviews (it took about a week), because, unlike me, Charles Dodd White obviously has better things to do than watch his Twitter feed. And we should all thank him for that, because one of those things is write amazing books. He has published the short story collection, Sinners of Sanction County, and the novel, Lambs of Men. His most recent novel is A Shelter of Others, and it may well be one of the best books of 2014. White has been a Marine, a fishing guide, and a journalist. He currently lives in Knoxville, TN, where he teaches at Pellissippi State Community College.
Question 1: If writers got nicknames ... ?
Question 2: Is Shakespeare a conscious influence on your writing?
Question 3: How do you feel about genre labels?
Question 4: How do you approach choosing a title?
Question 5: What has been the best part about teaching at a community college?
I cannot possibly stress enough how great this book is. Whatever you are doing, wherever you are, stop. Go buy this book and begin reading it. You be glad you did.
"I'm a hardline minimalist at heart."
--Charles Dodd White