Amy Waldman – I had been a reporter…

I had been a reporter for 15 years when I set out to write my…


“I had been a reporter for 15 years when I set out to write my first novel. I knew how to research an article or profile a subject – skills that I assumed would be useless when it came to fiction. It was from my imagination that the characters in my story would emerge.”
-Amy Waldman

Amy Waldman – Imagination, it turns out, is…

Imagination, it turns out, is a great deal like reporting in your own head. Here…


“Imagination, it turns out, is a great deal like reporting in your own head. Here is a paradox of fiction-writing. You are crafting something from nothing, which means, in one sense, that none of it is true. Yet in the writing, and perhaps in the reading, some of a character’s actions or lines are truer than others.”
-Amy Waldman

Amy Waldman – So the premise of ‘The…

So the premise of ‘The Submission’ is that there’s an anonymous competition to design a…


“So the premise of ‘The Submission’ is that there’s an anonymous competition to design a 9/11 memorial and it’s won by an American Muslim, an architect born and raised in Virginia, and his name is Mohammad Khan.”
-Amy Waldman