mssmallerWhy do people say Pirates of the CarriBEan and not Pirates of the CarRIbean?

Ah, the age old question.


What’s the most important question in any interview?

What are you reading right now! Answer: The Language of Blood, by Jane Jeong Trenka; Southern Cross the Dog, by Bill Cheng; The Alligators of Abraham, by Robert Kloss.


What’s one thing you’ve never told anyone?

When I was a kid, I had a dream about getting naked in the school cafeteria, and then when I was in high school, someone told me that actually happened. I’m still not sure.


Another mystery of the universe: why are babies born after 9 months when they should be born after 12?

Blame Darwin. It works for some people.


So speaking of babies, books?



Why are people so willing to spend $20 on mediocre food and not on a book?

Because food can kill you and books can’t. It’s the risk of death.


Why don’t people write books in more interesting ways/mediums?

They do! Why don’t people read them?!


Why are readings boring?

No comment.


What is the answer to the question I’m not asking?

It’s free!


Should we talk about your book?



It’s a little disingenuous to call it a novel, isn’t it?



What have you learned from writing it?

I might be more insecure than I thought.


What do you wish you’d learned?

The secret to selling a book.


What is up with your narrator?

I mean, could you be more specific?


Is he a good person?

Isn’t that up to the reader?


What a cop out!

That’s not really a question.


Is there anything you could say that would get people to pick up your book?

Love me?”


Is this book about you?

Love me?


Why chapters in flash fiction?

Short and sweet is kind of my jam.


Did you make a cool website for the book, a funny one with lots of gif awesomeness, including the best gif you’ve ever seen on the internets?

Since you asked:


What else is new?

Still blaming Darwin.


Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea at age two. His latest book is a novel in flash fiction, I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying (out Feb 2013). He also wrote The Last Repatriate and the chapbooks Our Island of Epidemics and We Will Take What We Can Get. He married a Korean Korean woman and has a Korean American baby, and writes about his family in a column for The Good Men Project. Stories and essays of his appear in The Rumpus, Hyphen Magazine, Glimmer Train, Witness, American Short Fiction, Guernica, and others. Follow him @salesses.

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