Best New American Voices nominee Nath Jones received an MFA in creative writing from Northwestern University. Her publishing credits include PANK Magazine, There Are No Rules, The Battered Suitcase, and Sailing World. Her current e-book series, On Impulse, explores the spectrum of narrative from catharsis to craft. She lives and writes in Chicago.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about Strawberry Shortcake. I can still feel that old pulpy paper, the kind with the blue and red lines that help you learn letters. God love the '70s. The whole story was done in Mr. Sketch scented water color markers--hot pink, turquoise, purple.
What is your writing process?
I write constantly.
I am incredibly self-critical. That's a killer for creativity. It took me forever to turn off my internal self-censor and just let the pipes run clean. But I wrote until I overcame that nullifying voice inside.
The stories always take too long. I absolutely haven't the patience to wait for any given piece of work to come to fruition. So I'm always working on lots of stories. If one is dormant, likely another is having some lovely vibrant spring.
2012 Anderbo Self-Published Book Award Entry of Note
Honorable Mention at the 2012 Paris Book Festival
You'll be entranced by these twenty-four stories as Nath Jones finds her way into this fun and biting life. She does not shy away from mortality but conducts you from the kaleidoscopic moment when a toddler loses her innocence to the last breath an old man takes in a rowboat at sunrise.
2000 Deciduous Trees is an exploration of individual experience selected from Nath Jones’s ‘90s zine, The Skirt. The writing resists losing its balance during a time when gas was cheap and no one drove slowly on the cusp of a new millennium. The voice yearns for change. But nothing can be done in a twenty-something world where one-night stands get forgotten with execution-style murders.
Winner of the 2013 Eric Hoffer E-book Fiction Award
The War is Language is a destruction of narrative, an experimental collection of flash fiction. These often humorous pieces exist at story's amorphous limit of spoken word and deconstruction. This disordered collection makes a mosaic with cathartic, inflammatory language.