Jennifer Fawcett holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Her work has been published in Third Coast Magazine, Long Story Short, and more. She teaches writing at Skidmore College and lives in upstate New York with her husband and son.
“Read like a writer” is one of those phrases I’ve heard for years, but it wasn’t until I was deep into my own book that I began to understand what it meant. BENEATH THE STAIRS took about ten years to write, and in that time, I have read hundreds of books, many of them excellent. These five resonated in a specific way because they each spoke to something that I needed to get into my own pages. Whether it’s the exquisite shape of a sentence, the pace of a story, the complexity of a character, or something else entirely, great writing inspires me to try to do the same, and ultimately, I think that’s what reading like a writer is.