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 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.