Recent Work By Marie Mutsuki Mockett

“I have an idea for a blog post,” my editor said to me. “Maybe you can write about being a debut novelist during Fall’s Big Books.” This would have been some time around August 2009, when the buzz over Barbara Kingsolver, EL Doctorow, AS Byatt, Jeanette Walls, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster and anyone else who was anyone and publishing a book was starting to gather steam.

I hear that people think you look like a vegetarian. What’s up with that?

I sit on the subway or plane and watch people and wonder where they live, or what they do. I guess that’s a writerly habit. But I don’t tend to categorize people by their eating habits. So I’m surprised when it happens to me. What does a vegetarian look like? What does that imply? I’m not really sure.