Author Archives: BettyJoyce Nash and Deirdra McAfee

About BettyJoyce Nash and Deirdra McAfee

BettyJoyce writes lit-fiction and journalism; she teaches at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Va. Deirdra McAfee writes lit-fiction, and teaches at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Va.

Interview: Writer Sara Kay Rupnik discusses the gun in “An Act of Mercy”

L&L: How did “An Act of Mercy” evolve? SKR: Anger triggered the story. I knew of a woman whose husband had left her; she was in the back of my mind, a friend of a friend; there had been no violence but … Continue reading

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Joann Smith: “It came to me, in an ironic way, that America’s favorite activities are shopping and shooting.”

L&L: How difficult was “Tuesday Night at the Shop and  Shoot” to write? The story stayed in draft form for at least five years. I knew I’d be using someone who worked at the store to tell the story, but … Continue reading

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A Portuguese bolt-action rifle intensifies \ drama in E. G. Willy’s “Não Faz Mal”

E. G. Willy’s “Nao Faz Mal” simmers with tensions, rife in towns where few have day jobs except the older adult males. “Places like that are always going to tend to explode very quickly and emotionally,” Willy says. He should … Continue reading

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Six Cents: Depression-era lesson marked Mary D. Edwards

  L&L: How did “Six Cents” take shape? MDE: I think about my teenage years a lot—I relive various events in my head, and when I write, my memories flow from brain to pad of paper largely intact. The gun closet was … Continue reading

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John P. Loonam: Writing outside of your ethnic group in “Action Adventure”

L&L: How did “Action Adventure” come about? JPL: The story started as two writing experiments. I’d written a bunch of stories where protagonists were 50-year-old white guys. I was in a rut, looking for another kind  of narrator, and I … Continue reading

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Pinckney Benedict: the .30-06, his Lock & Load story, “Mercy,” and the future of Immersive Narrative Technologies

  L&L: How did “Mercy” come to you? “Mercy” started life as a short film. I was playing around with video editing and I’d taken a whole bunch of footage of my daughter and dog playing in the snow on … Continue reading

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Gun story seems “dystopian,” but everyday violence can be all too real

Mari Alschuler’s story, “Revealed,” imagines a New York City in which every taxpaying citizen openly carries a 9mm Beretta. L&L: When and how did “Revealed” come to you? M.A.: I’m not sure. I may have dreamed it! Toward the end … Continue reading

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