Jac Jemc's first story collection A Different Bed Every Time is newly out from Dzanc Books. Her novel My Only Wife was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. Jac is the poetry editor for decomP and nonfiction editor for Hobart. In 2014 she was named as one of 25 Writers to Watch by the Guild Literary Complex.
Jac stopped by to talk about fooling herself into writing, why she prefers to leave some questions unanswered, publicly sharing her rejections, and what draws her to work in different genres.
In Jac's words:
"In fiction, you're always trying to draw the parameters of what the world of the piece is and making all of it up as you go along, and so you want to make sure that everything is adhering to the logic that you're creating within the story. But nonfiction allows for so much. You can just decide how many different strands you want to braid together and make it all come together in this really beautiful way..