Countdown to Muse 2014: Micro-Interview 7 (Patricia Park)

The Muse and the Marketplace kicks off on May 2nd at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. In anticipation of the conference, we collected micro-interviews written by authors, agents and editors who will be attending the event. This is the seventh in the series.

Micro-interview with Patricia Park

When do you feel most like a writer?

When I'm doing manual labor. It requires quick, efficient, results-driven movements that are the complete opposite of the writing process.

What is the strangest place you've ever been?

On a fishing boat in Wonsan, North Korea. The locals spoke Korean in tinny, militant voices. We roasted clams and drank homemade acorn soju. It was both eerie and amazing.

Do you have a favorite local, independent bookstore? Where and why?

BookCourt in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. They have an amazing reading series, they'll place special orders, and they're friendly and unpretentious to boot.

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give to writers?

Run a marathon. There are so many parallels between marathon training and novel writing: doing speed work, building endurance, learning to pace yourself, saying goodbye to your social life, fighting through the (mental, physical) blocks. And then gunning it for the finish line.

Patricia Park was born and raised in New York City and teaches at CUNY Queens College. She received her BA in English from Swarthmore College and her MFA in fiction from Boston University. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, Slice Magazine, Fourth Genre, and others. A former publicist with the Random House Publishing Group, Avalon Publishing Group, and Columbia University Press, she has worked with numerous New York Times bestselling authors including Amy Tan, Anne Perry, and the late Harvey Pekar. She is the recipient of writing fellowships with Fulbright, The Center for Fiction, The American Association of University Women, and The Korean Literature Translation Institute. She is a Novel Incubator alum, and her debut novel Re Jane is forthcoming from Penguin/Viking.

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