I write because I’m awed by the way this chicken scratch—infinite combinations of 26 letters—turns into story.
I write because story is the most essential nutrient of culture.

I write because I get confused and frustrated by our culture, and writing helps me explore what it means to be human.

I write because I believe imagination is the most exciting human attribute.

I write because I’m awed, nurtured, confused, frustrated, and excited by humanity.

Through story, I engage and connect and imagine and explore and sometimes understand.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s most recent novel, The Big Bang Symphony, was a finalist for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Fiction Award, as well as the Ferro-Grumley Fiction Award.  Her stories have been published in Shenandoah, Arts & Letters, Hot Metal Bridge, Bloom, Terrain, and ZYZZYVA.  She is a recent winner of the Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction and the Arts & Letters Fiction Award.