Mark Powell

Mark Powell is the author of the novels PRODIGALS and BLOOD KIN, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. He teaches at Stetson University in DeLand, FL.

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Mark Powell

Murdering Your Darlings: Mark Powell

Interview by Johnny Damm JD: I’d like to start by asking you about what must be the largest logistical change here, shifting the war memories from WWII to Vietnam. What dictated this choice and at what point in the process did it occur to you? MP: This was a very late, and reluctant, change. As the story developed the age of Elijah proved to be a continual stumbling block. Simply put: he was too old to make believable certain moments. I wanted him to be a WWII vet for sentimental and thematic reasons. The lateness of this change is proof of my ...

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Mark Powell

Murdering Your Darlings: Mark Powell

Anything you can compress—and still retain sense—is more powerful than what came before. Very often I tend to clutter a description or insight with three or four mediocre details when a single perfect detail eludes me. I deceive myself into thinking that when quality is absent I can somehow make up for it with quantity.

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