Thaisa Frank guest posts on Redroom.com

Excerpt: “Reading has always involved a secret meeting between the writer and the reader. It has some of the aura of an antiquated confessional booth because the writer and the reader never see each other.  It’s a meeting where the reader recreates the book in his or her singular imagination.  This transaction has always been veiled.” To read the full post, click here:...

Caroline Leavitt interviews Thaisa Frank, author of Enchantment

Excerpt: The stories in Enchantment are strange, weird, and well, enchanting. Where did they come from? I never know where things in my imagination come from and I can’t really will them to happen. It’s almost as though there’s a pneumatic tube of the imagination and I hang out there when other writers are occupied so I get weird and cryptic assignments: It could be a title, like The Loneliness of the Midwestern Vampire. Or the image of an enchanted man. If I play with the assignment long enough, characters appear and they make the image or title earthbound. My characters have to adhere to the laws of gravity and deal with an ordinary world. To read the full interview, click...

Caroline Leavitte interviews Thaisa Frank about Enchantment

Excerpt from the interview: Thaisa Frank’s short story collection, Enchantment, is like nothing you have ever read before. Unsettling, strange, and well, yes, enchanting, they comprise one of my favorite books of the year. The stories in Enchantment are strange, weird, and well, enchanting. Where did they come from? I never know where things in my imagination come from and I can’t really will them to happen. It’s almost as though there’s a pneumatic tube of the imagination and I hang out there when other writers are occupied so I get weird and cryptic assignments: It could be a title, like The Loneliness of the Midwestern Vampire. Or the image of an enchanted man.  If I play with the assignment long enough, characters appear and they make the image or title earthbound. My characters have to adhere to the laws of gravity and deal with an ordinary world. It sometimes takes a long time to find the link between the cryptic image or title and characters who are grounded in the mundane world. For example, the title story of Enchantment began when I had an image of a woman on her porch getting a UPS delivery of an enchanted man. She’d ordered him from an online site and he came with instructions to mist him twice a day.  I started the story many times and couldn’t figure out how to move it forward. But when her sullen teen-aged kids appeared, I realized the heart of the story was about the woman hiding the enchanted man from her family. Not all of my stories are triggered by surreal images.  I’m...

Review of Enchantment on San Francisco Gate

Excerpt: “Like many great story collections, “Enchantment” is a book that teaches the reader how to read it as they move through its pages, and with that passage from “The Mapmaker” to contemplate, it soon becomes apparent that Frank is writing what she knows about – that in her varied, imaginative and often metaphorical means of capturing emotional truth, she has created an honest, affecting and mesmerizing book, one that shines powerfully and unforgettably with that wonderful sense of enchantment of which Nabokov speaks.” — SFGate.com For the full review, visit: SFGate.com...

Thaisa Frank Guest Post on 1000+ Books to Read

Excerpt: “Writing Enchantment has been an adventure because I returned from my first novel (Heidegger’s Glasses) to the short story, the novella and flash fiction.These were familiar forms, almost like old friends. And (of course!) completely unfamiliar because I always feel I’m starting a new story from scratch.” — Thaisa Frank For the full guest post, click...