Q (Nicolle Elizabeth): Hey Danny, welcome! You have a group going here at the Fictionaut camp for fwriction : review. What’s the deal with the Group and the journal? Info on both, give us the goods.

A (Danny Goodman): Hi Nicolle. First, let me say that I think you and Fictionaut are lovely. It’s true.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk. fwriction : review is the sister site, if you will, of my literary blog, fwriction. With the blog, I created something that I was searching for: a one-stop shop for people like me, who love writing and reading and generally rocking waffles. I am better at promoting other people’s work than I am my own, and that led me to the journal. I love discovering new writing, sharing it with the world. fwriction : review gives me that opportunity.

Q: If fwriction : review were a short story, what would that one short story be? What is the ANTHEM story to fwriction : review? That one story that makes fwriction : review go,”and that is why I write/read/breathe.”

A: That’s really hard to pin down. Over at fwriction, I showcase a “story of the day” in an effort to bring what I think is quality writing to readers at large. However, if I were to an anthem story for fwriction : review, it would have to start with any Raymond Carver story (most notably “So Much Water So Close To Home”), continue with Charles Baxter’s “The Next Building I Plan to Bomb” and James Salter’s “Last Night,” and end with Meredith Martinez’s “When I Say Love.” If fwriction : review were a novella, it would be either Emma Straub’s Fly-Over State or Edan Lepucki’s If You’re Not Yet Like Me. I believe I’ve failed in answering the question succinctly, and for that I am truly sorry.

Q: Please tell us more about you, your projects, and anything else you’d like to mention here. This one is a quickie, but goody. I hope. You haven’t sent the answers yet so who knows but I have faith.

A: I’m a writer, editor, teacher, lover of coffee, books, and all things Superman. I still sometimes dream of flying over New York City, providing something unique to the universe. For now, though, I bring stories to the world, and I’m okay with that.

Oh, and, submit to fwriction : review, please. Thank you. You’ve made my day.

Nicolle Elizabeth checks in with Fictionaut Groups every Friday.

  1. Shelagh Chopra

    A great magazine, especially love that you recommend stories of the day and a fine selection at that! Haven’t read the Baxter story but plan on doing so. Keep up the good work!

  2. Marcus Speh

    good interview. i like the idea of a sibling magazine to a site. i also like the tumblr look and feel – and the selection of authors that i’ve seen so far is great. it makes me wonder how to bring those two (the blog and the litmag) even closer together…esp since i’m planning something similar. good luck, danny, and onwards!

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