Interview with Kuzhali Manickavel

Kuzhali 08Kuzhali Manickavel’s story Flying and Falling appears in the Art Issue of Shimmer.


Where did the idea come from?
I was thinking about possibilities and expectations and how the distinction between the two tends to get blurred at times.

How did the story change as you developed it?
This one changed quite a bit actually, it went through four completely different storylines before it settled.

You know the advice “Sometimes you have to kill your darlings.” Was there a scene or line that it really hurt to cut, but cutting it made the story stronger?
There were quite a few scenes like that. I wish I had saved some of them because I think they could have grown into separate pieces on their own. Unfortunately I over-wrote over all of them.


Do you have a specific food or drink that you consider a writing staple?
Candy. Lots and lots of candy.

Have you ever eaten a crayon? Tell us about it.
I remember eating a purple one and being very disappointed in it.

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