Here’s a nice interview I did with Hope Wabuke for the Kimbilio website. While you’re there, also check out the bios of our 2014 Fellows. I can’t wait to meet them in person.
KCAAF: Where did you grow up?
David Haynes: I grew up outside of St. Louis, in a small community of working class black folks surrounded on all sides by working class white folks.
KCAAF: What was that like? How did it influence you?
David Haynes: Our little “pocket” community was stable and wonderfully nurturing. Same families in the same houses for half a century or more. It’s also true that that kind of insularity can also be stifling at times. This community will be the subject of the novella and stories I’m working on now.
KCAAF: Please tell us some of the books/writers you love.
David Haynes: I read widely and learn from everything I read. This past year, like much of the rest of the literary world, I’ve been celebrating Alice Munro. I’m a writer who thinks structurally, and Munro’s work continues to teach me to think rigorously about the importance of narrative design in storytelling.
Read the rest of the interview here: http://kimbiliofiction.com/2014/06/10/20-questions-with-david-haynes/