Monica’s fantastic story “Ornament and Crime” is up with American Short Fiction this month. I asked her a few questions and received the gems below. For more, go read the interview:
I used to think that this was sad—it must be terrible not to have the wherewithal or desire to make a nice space. It seemed like a missing sense. But as I was conceiving the story, I thought about how taste itself is a kind of a burden, a way of seeing that can bring both pleasure and agitation.
There’s a saying in architecture—truth to materials—that basically means that building elements should be left exposed. The beams are beautiful—why obscure them with a drop ceiling?
Eragon’s a bold, sassy, in-your-face type of horse.