Interview with Rasmenia Massoud

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Any number of things, really. I probably do the same things you do. I read a lot. I spend time staring at electronic screens. I cook, exercise and play with my dog on the living room floor. I like to travel when I can and make embarrassing attempts at speaking foreign languages.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was 11 years old, I wrote a story about what I would do if I only had one day left to live for a class assignment. Later on, at the end of the school year, I won an award for that story. It was a good day.
Describe your desk
It is made of wood. It has a flat surface and is desk-shaped. It has various objects on it, most of which one might expect to find on a desk.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have several. I enjoy Neil Gaiman or Clive Barker when I need an injection of magic and escapism. I love Hemingway, Bret Easton Ellis, Flannery O'Connor, Bukowski and David Sedaris. But, I think the ones I hold most dear are those who really open up the wounds and show you who they are beneath the skin. Tom Spanbauer, John Fante, Vonnegut, Kerouac... they're great teachers.
Published 2014-11-03.
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You Don't See Any of This
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Human Detritus
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HUMAN DETRITUS is a collection of nine short works about the kind of people we’ve all encountered: a victim. A teacher. A dysfunctional family. A slut and a factory worker. Told with caustic anger and sardonic humor, these are stories of human debris left behind by some and absorbed by others.
Broken Abroad
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BROKEN ABROAD is a collection of stories about nine different Americans in Europe. They are not searching for traces of their ancestors. They’re searching for themselves, for the meaning of home and the road forward. These are stories of the lost, damaged and grief-stricken who have run far away from home, to another country, only to find that life and death will follow them everywhere.