Before I turned my attention to fiction, I spent five years writing plays with an interactive theater company in Chicago. Though it is now defunct, the awareness it infused in me—that all art speaks to an audience—remains in my fiction. My work plays with reader perspective, inviting the reader to fully invest in the emotions and accounts of the eternally unreliable narrator. My stories are largely concerned with people whose self-consciousness comes with an absence of self-awareness—people trapped in office posturing, in proscribed familial roles, in constant petty battles with their neighbors. I am currently starting a novel and polishing a collection of short stories.
Borges is my favorite short story writer and my first source of inspiration. Outside of his influence, I look to writers who understand that the act of reading should be above all fun. That intellectual rigor and literary value do not require a sacrifice of enjoyment, vigor, and humor. Among these, I would include George Saunders, Sam Lipsyte, Samuel Beckett, Rivka Galchen, and Matthew Derby.