An Interview with Kindra M. Austin

author of constant muses, magpie in august and for you, rowena

Tell us a bit about your writing process.

First, I’ll talk about my poetry writing process. I sit down at my desk with an idea and type. I’m an acutely emotional person—demonstrative is a good word—which makes for a lot of material. I compose quickly; rarely do I spend more than four cumulative hours constructing a poem. Regrettably (?) my best poems are often the offspring of alcoholic beverages.

I approach fiction writing similarly. I sit down at my desk with an idea and type. I often do not adhere to an outline, if I even write one at all. That’s not to say I’m disorganized—I keep sharp notes and timelines. I research A LOT, usually as I go. I’m most productive at night.

An important part of my writing process is music. I have special playlists to suit…

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