Jobs, kids, life! How to deal with the challenges of self-doubt, belief in your work, juggling your relationships and your writing time, and possibly even using those obstacles to spur you on. Authors David Abrams and Ilan Mochari share their experience to help us out.
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David Abrams is the author of two novels about the Iraq War: Brave Deeds and Fobbit, a comedy Publishers Weekly called “an instant classic.” It was also a New York Times Notable Book, an Indie Next pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a finalist for the L.A. Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Abrams’ short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and appeared in the anthologies Montana Noir, Watchlist, and Fire and Forget. He lives in Helena, Montana with his wife and their many cats.
Ilan Mochari's debut novel ZINSKY THE OBSCURE earned acclaim from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist. His stories and poems have been widely published, appearing in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Salamander, Solstice, Hobart, Juked, J Journal, North Dakota Quarterly, Valparaiso Fiction Review and elsewhere. His work has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes as well as the Derringer Award, and he is the recipient of a Literature Artist Fellowship grant from the Somerville Arts Council.