Contributor Kaitlyn Greenidge‘s absorbing essay, “Something Prickly and Strange,” appears in a recent issue of Talking and Writing: A Magazine for Writers. In the essay, Kaitlyn discusses the provocative novel-in-progress excerpted in our spring issue (“Exception to the Rule”). The novel tells the story of an African American family who move from Boston to the Berkshires to take part in an experiment in which they raise a chimpanzee alongside their own children.
Kaitlyn’s essay also candidly explores how autobiography can drive the development of a young fiction writer:
When I first began writing, it was for a reason I think a lot of younger people start writing: revenge. Wanting to set the record straight.
Although I’ve never written a story based strictly on a memory, my earliest pieces were inspired by times in my life when I felt that an emotional justice had not been served or an emotional truth had been ignored. I wrote to feel justified as a person—as someone with valid feelings and opinions, someone whose observations and understanding of the world were real and credible.