“It’s a woman’s world”

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Laura van den Berg talks about being weird, her latest collection The Isle of Youth, and writing tough female characters over at Guernica.

 I think some people are surprised at how violent these women are, in both their action and their inaction. I’m interested in putting women where you might not expect to find them—private eyes and bank robbers and alcoholic kleptomaniacal magician’s assistants.

For more insight into Laura’s writing process, check out our own interview with her.


Marisa Siegel currently lives, writes, and edits near NYC but thinks twenty times a day about heading back west. She is Editor-in-Chief and owner of The Rumpus. Find her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet. More from this author →