Interview with Author Siobhan Fallon

I first met author Siobhan Fallon at AWP Minneapolis in 2015, but we’d communicated by email and social media for a few years before that. What can I say? One smile and laugh and it felt like she would have been a “bestie” during my college years…and more importantly, that now, she would be a crucial and kind ally in the war lit community. When I learned her next book was a novel set in the Middle East, I reached out about an interview. I’m so happy to share her wisdom with you here, where we discuss  novel structure, the pros and cons of “write what you know,” and her many revisions of The Confusion of Languages (Putnam, June 2017). If you’re in the Chicago area, don’t miss her launch on June 27th at The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL at 6:30pm.

Siobhan Fallon is the author of the 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction winner You Know When the Men Are Gone, and the recipient of the 2012 Indies Choice Honor Award and the Texas Institute of Letters Award for First Fiction. She and her family moved to Jordan in 2011, and they currently live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Bonus: read her thoughts on “military mums” here.

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