She Asked Me a Lot of Questions . . .

Usually only “somebodies” are interviewed. But The Missouri Review isn’t confined by pedestrian boundaries . Although they are a well-respected and long-running literary magazine, they have a cutting edge attitude. For instance, did you know that they have an audio version of their magazine? This is what they have to say about it:

One of the many innovative ideas we’ve had in recent years was to create an audio version of our magazine. Every issue, our staff, lead by audio editor Kevin McFillen, gets an early uncorrected version of the stories, essays, and poems forthcoming in the next issue. The audio team reads the work and then selects a reader (or “performer”) from the Columbia theater community whose voice best captures the text. They get together in our recording studio, down in the basement of McReynolds Hall (it’s room 54 and, you betcha, we call it Studio 54), and then the audio file is edited for production. Each audio recording is then included in the digital version of The Missouri Review.

Alison Balaskovits, Social Media Editor of The Missouri Review was kind enough to interview me for their blog. I hope you’ll check out the interview (at least to see my new headshot 😉 by the magician Christopher Barr).

After you read it, tell me what you liked best about what you learned about me–or what broke your heart or made you irritated.  Insert more smiley faces with winks.

And take a look at TMR’s digital subscription deal, especially if you plan to submit work to them:

The digital edition of our magazine is created by GTxcel. Your subscription is delivered via link to your email address, and then you, as a subscriber, has access to not only read all of the stories, poems, and essays in each issue, but hear them as well. Our art features, in particular, really pop off the screen in the digital version.

One of the best offers we have is our Submit and Subscribe: submit your unpublished work to us and get a one-year subscription to the digital version of The Missouri Review for just $20, which is over fifteen percent lower than the print subscription. It’s a great opportunity to not only send your work to us but also to get a fantastic deal on four issues of our magazine. You can Submit and Subscribe here and, if you’re still not convinced, you can check out a sample of the digital issue.

Here’s the interview.

Should I write a blog post about what I endured to get that headshot accomplished?


On another note, I just returned to Arizona, the land of always-summer, from California.  Look what I found in California!  Autumn!

Fall is even beautiful up close.



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28 responses to “She Asked Me a Lot of Questions . . .

  1. I liked how you framed your own story as multiple memoirs, illustrating the point you made later about determining the central story of your memoir and struggling to stick to it. I also like the new head shot. 🙂

    • Luanne

      Ellen, I’m really glad that you liked the multiple memoirs thing. It seemed really apropos of writing a memoir and having to distill down to one story for a book. And thanks about the headshot ;). Man, what an ordeal that was!

  2. First, the head shot is beautiful. Then, I don’t think I’m likely to get the image of a woman on fire jumping into a cistern out of my head for a long, long time. So glad I read the interview. Thanks for sharing.

    • Luanne

      Chris Barr, the photographer, can make a silk purse of a sow’s ear, lemme tell you! Isn’t that amazing about my great-great grandmother? She seems like a superwoman to me for rushing in to help her neighbors and then enduring that experience!

  3. jeannieunbottled

    Beautiful head shot and spacious interview. It went on and on because you are Scheherazade.

  4. I loved the interview, Luanne! It’s so nice to learn more about my blogger bud. I remember you mentioning having the head shot done, let me tell you, it looks great! You are looking fabulous and very relaxed. I’ll look forward to reading Scrap…I love memoirs.

  5. thanks for the article, i had an idea like this years ago, and now i have a channel, thanks

  6. Lovely photo! The smile is all in the eyes, and yours are lovely.

    I totally agree about how “real life” becomes a time-stealer. When I am working on a shoot, I can get resentful even of having to make myself something to eat!

  7. I don’t know how to do “smilies”. Luddite. How about 😉 Great interview, beautiful headshot and I learned you have THREE blogs (wow), a business, have attended writing conferences (which ones? I’m interested) and yes, you should do a blog post about how the head shot was accomplished.

    • Luanne

      Ah, my dear menomama, you found me over here! You’re hardly a Luddite! Haha, that post (if written) will show what a vain, pathetic creature I really am.

  8. You never cease to amaze me Luanne. I don’t know where you find the time or energy for all that you do! Congrats on a wonderful and erudite interview (you are so incredibly well versed in the language of the trade) and on a beautiful head shot. 🙂

  9. I already blabbered on about this on the interview site (and FB), but will add that I loved the photo and the interview and yes, you should read it if you haven’t:>)

  10. Enjoyed getting to know more about you. What an interesting life you’ve led! Looking forward to reading that memoir, too!

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