Authors Laird Hunt and Christopher Boucher talk about their love for writing
The short story advent calendar is a collection of short fiction stories that were pushed to the side of various well-known authors’ desks for one reason or another. To celebrate the month of December and our love of stories, Vue Weekly will publish a weekly column in discussion with authors of the past week’s stories.
Laird Hunt, who’s been writing for nearly 30 years is the calendar’s first author to start the month. Hunt says that his writing often is a mixture of cobbling together some of his own thoughts, imagination, and research as well as some autobiographical memories. In his murder mystery “The Face” he joins his own memories of raking leaves for an old couple with an amalgamation of thoughts and research surrounding a colleague of his that sees faces differently than most.
“What makes me excited about writing is taking different kinds of things and putting them together hopefully in somewhat unexpected ways,” Hunt says.
Christopher Boucher, who wrote “Lady with Invisible Dog” finds short story writing to be very elastic and freeing. Realizing all he needed was a laptop and a notebook to create was a pivotal moment for Boucher.
“I think that’s why I tend to write more experimental work, is because I really sort of look for that freedom wherever I can find it.” And as a result, he adds, “the stuff that I write tends to be a little bit weird by nature.”
But it’s that freedom to mix themes and questions and visuals together that makes short fiction such a unique arena for authors.
“I love the fact that you can start with a blank page and whatever happens in the hour or two that you’re writing, you end up with something more than you started with. It’s really a kind of magic,” Boucher says. “At the end of the day, I just love to find new things, things that I didn’t know I was looking for. And you know, writing fiction gives that to me.”