Alan Heathcock's fiction has been published in many top magazines and literary journals, has won the National Magazine Award in fiction, and has been selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories anthology. His first book, a collection of stories called Volt, has just been released from Graywolf Press.
An excerpt from the interview: "I never use a thing called the narrator...I believe that the most powerful place to write from is from the full empathetic core of the character themselves, because for it to feel authentic and not forced, it has to come from the characters. I think that's the only way you get that effect in the fullest way. If you ever have a narrator come in or some outside things beyond the characters, then you allow in some sort of judgment."