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Monday, February 15, 2016

Hard, satisfying and 'creative' work

In a crazy way, writing is a lot like any kind of very complex game - like chess, where you have the knowledge as you're composing all of the ramifications of each move, of each choice you make. – Adam Ross

Born on this day in 1967, Adam Ross is an American novelist and short story writer whose 2010 debut novel, Mr. Peanut, also was named a New York Times Notable Book, as well as one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Republic, and The Economist.   An intricate murder mystery, the book has been translated into 16 languages.

Born and raised in New York City, Ross was a gifted athlete and won a state championship in wrestling.  But, simultaneously, he grew up interested in acting and appeared in several movies and numerous television commercials and shows as a child and teenager.   His pathway into writing began as an undergrad at Vassar College and then while pursuing his MFA at the University of Washington.  Since graduation, he has lived with his wife and children in Nashville, where he has been a frequent
contributor to newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and The Nashville Scene.  His short stories have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly.

“I think that if you have a knack for storytelling, and you work really hard at it, you'll have a chance to tap into something deep,” he said.   “But the fact remains that good sentences are hard won. Any writer worth a lick knows constructing a sentence, a paragraph, or a chapter is hard work.”

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