Robin Bourjaily writes in Des Moines, IA, where she teaches yoga and Poses & Prose workshops at her studio, Radiant Om Yoga. A graduate of the University of Iowa master’s degree program in creative nonfiction, Robin is surprised and delighted to find herself writing fiction. Her nonfiction can be read on her blog, http://www.overneathitall.com, and information about her studio and workshops may be discovered at http://www.radiantomyoga.com. Throwing Like a Girl is her first novel.
What are you working on next?
Launching _Throwing Like a Girl_ has allowed me to turn my attention to working on a revisionist fairytale that I started a couple of years ago. I have three other projects in mind--a memoir, a piece of personal writing that may turn into something public, and my second novel. But like knitting projects, I try to limit myself to only working on one major piece at a time (alongside keeping my blog going), so I'm working on the fairytale because it's the greatest departure from my realistic fiction and memoir material.
Who are your favorite authors?
Aside from my son (Philip Kiely, author of Zephyr's Crossing https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/468461), I have more favorite works than favorite authors. Of these, there are many. I love Claire Dederer's Poser, for example, Scott Russell Sanders' Secrets of the Universe, and Annie Dillard's The Writing Life. I adore the poetry of John Fox, Mary Oliver, Ted Kooser, and Billy Collins. As I sit here thinking at Barnes & Noble, the titles of books of William Shakespeare and Barbara Kingsolver and Ernest Hemingway and Anne Tyler and John Irving and Margaret Atwood and Zora Neale Hurston and so many more than I've read and enjoyed are crowding each other out in my thoughts. Books that I've read often feel like old friends and I appreciate so very many.
Throwing Like a Girl is an ensemble novel—an arc of intertwined stories about longtime friends. The book opens with Ellen accosted in an alley. The aftermath forces her to admit that she’s got unanswered questions. As she struggles to figure out her life during six event-filled days at her best friend side, Ellen and her friends forge new opportunities for creative living in spite of the laundry