Heather A. Slomski recently released her collection of short fiction The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons. Now living in Minnesota, Slomski got her MFA at Western Michigan University. Her work has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Normal School, and other publications. She also won the Iowa Award for Short Fiction.
Slomski says she didn't realize how many dining scenes she had in her writing until she put together the collection.
"It also made me realize how much I really enjoy cooking and having a glass of wine - and so my characters do as well," she says. "It's kind of a way to extend those fulfillments into my writing."
Uncomfortable Dinner Conversations
Whether it's a couple talking about one's infidelity or two very different neighbors, there's an element of uncomfortableness to some of Slomski's stories.
Slomski says she's interested in these difficult every day relationships and often the tough discussions come up at the dinner table. After all, we all have to eat.
"Just to give these people, these characters some tight quarters where they have to face whatever it is they're facing," she says.
Making Scraps Into Idea Soup
Slomski says she often gets her ideas for a story by ...