What I love about [novellas] is that you’re not restricted to five or seven thousand words, but you’re also not locked into several years of plotting and writing and revising a traditional novel. What happens in both of the novellas in Could You Be With Her Now happens over the course of days and weeks and represents such a small microcosm of the lives they show. And I think that’s what I like about that format—about really concentrating on this one episode in a life, very specifically, without having to have this wide thematic scope. Like when Virginia Woolf combined the short stories "Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street" and The Prime Minister" into Mrs. Dalloway.To read more, you can buy the book at most booksellers or online.
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“Jen is an astonishingly sensitive writer.” – HTML Giant
“Jen Michalski excels in subtlety that is made possible by her nuanced understanding of voice.” – The Rumpus
“Jen is a writerly heavyweight.” – Nate Brown, American Short Fiction
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Profile in 2014 Writers Market
I was fortunate enough to be profiled for the 2014 Writers Market about my three-book year in 2013. I also talk a lot about promotion, and the book I just finished, Rabbits Singing.