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Describe your creative space. Do you work at home, in public spaces, etc.?
I write both at home and at a favorite Starbucks. I like having people around me even if I don’t know them very well.
What kind of materials do you use? Do you write by hand or type? What is your favorite writing utensil?
I have been using the same size mechanical pencil for many years. I usually write in pencil first, then type it up later.
What is your routine for writing?
I write early in the morning on Saturdays and Sundays and other days off and on one afternoon a week.
How long have you been writing? When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was 25, and I’ve been writing on and off for nearly 40 years.
Who is your intended, or ideal, audience? Who do you write for?
I don’t think I have an intended audience. I try to write the type of stories I like to read.
What inspires you to write? If you are blocked, what do you do?
Enjoyment is what inspires me. Also, I think there are things we feel, or see, or understand, that we cannot articulate in speech, and writing can be a way to express them.
I keep plugging away at whatever I’m writing. I’m usually working on 5 or 6 stories at a time and I try to spend some time on each one. I constantly rewrite.
What other things do you do besides writing? Do you dance or play golf, etc.?
I exercise a lot, including running, playing basketball, lifting weights and walking.
What is your favorite part of the creative process?
Stories sometimes seem to take off and write themselves or go in a direction or dimension you didn’t foresee. Then the writing is easy.
What is your advice to aspiring writers?
Keep working at it. Writing takes a long time.
Tony Concannon grew up in Massachusetts. After graduating from college with a degree in English and American Literature, he taught for 18 years in Japan, where much of his fiction is set. Since returning to the United States, he has been working in human services. Stories of his have appeared in Columbia Journal, Litro, On the Premises, Thema, The Taproot Literary Review, Origins Journal, and HCE Review.