Dzanc Books

An Interview with Jac Jemc, Author of My Only Wife

An Interview with Jac Jemc, Author of My Only Wife

At this year’s AWP conference in Seattle, we passed booth after booth of beautifully decorated books. Yet, none held our gaze longer than the black-and-white patterned cover of Dzanc Books’s My Only Wife, which—after a quick and enjoyed read—proved to be so much more than a pretty face. A finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award, My Only Wife is a pristinely crafted and poetically told love story. The Austin Review was honored that the acclaimed author, Jac Jemc, agreed to give us a few moments of her time.

The Interview

The Austin Review: When did you first begin writing? 

Jac Jemc: The story goes that when I was in third grade, I told my teacher that someday I'd write a hundred-page book, so I've always been interested in writing, but I didn't start to take writing more seriously until college.