Do you have a favorite line or lines from your piece?
Yes. “If God was everywhere, it stood to reason that God also checked into Waterbury.”
What inspired your piece?
A young woman I knew growing up developed schizophrenia and did not recognize me the next time I saw her, after she was released from the hospital. I was equally bewildered when I saw her because I knew that her life had irrevocably changed, and I was unequipped on how to respond to her.
Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
Flannery O’Connor; James Joyce.
What do you want readers to take away from your piece?
Never stop trying to find ways to communicate with the people that you love.
What season do you find you write the most in?
Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
Do you ever create soundtracks for the piece you’re writing?
In this story yes, lots of early Beach Boys, Kinks and Motown would be playing on the car radio.
What is your ideal writing environment?
Alone, listening to jazz.
Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
Never exhausting. Invigorating when you know you just created something good.
Do you have any future writing plans?
Yes, a couple of years ago I began transitioning from writing sports books to writing fiction; I want to publish a chapbook of my stories about mythical Hale, CT because not enough literature has come out of or is set in Connecticut.
You can read Donald Hubbard’s piece “Visit’s End” in Issue Five of The Ginger Collect.