Katie Kitamura interviewed at Lithub
I believe in really getting into the muck of writing, getting waist deep in it. I completely understand beautifully written pull quotes, but I do find them slightly puzzling; in a way style becomes less and less interesting to me as I read and write. A series of perfectly executed metaphors is fine, but not at the heart of what I look for in a piece of writing. One reason I’m suspicious of that perfectly executed prose style is that I feel it can become a tic and a way of avoiding the heart of what you’re really trying to say. You can find yourself relying on little linguistic tricks. For me, that was becoming a way of avoiding the complexities I wanted to succeed in presenting. If it’s messy it’s fine, if it’s ugly it’s fine, as long as what I’m expressing is what I want to express.