“It wasn’t that I sat down one day and decided to write a book about kisses. I am not that clever. But ever since my memoir “Reading Lips A Memoir of Kisses” sold to Unbridled Books people have said things to me like, “Brilliant!” Or, “Why didn’t I think of that?” As though I actually had made a plan and then stuck to it…”—from One Kiss is Never Enough, an essay by Claudia Sternbach
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“Timothy Schaffert is among the legions of authors who aren’t, I think, nearly as well-known as they should be. A native of Nebraska, he writes novels of great tenderness and intelligence, set in his home state. Three of these books comprise a sort of loose Midwestern trilogy; they’re unconnected, except when the occasional character from a previous book pops up for a cameo appearance, but we’re always in Nebraska, always in and around the “little nothing town of Bonnevilla (pop. 2,900).”— from Heartland of Darkness: Timothy Schaffert’s Midwestern Trilogy, a review essay by Emily St. John Mandel
“Though I grew up in the landlocked Midwest, I feared drowning. I failed my swimming classes at the municipal pool and had nightmares about being swept out to sea. But I think my aquaphobia contributed to my fascination with mermaids.”—Read Timothy Schaffert’s full guest post at Carolyn Turgeon’s lovely mermaid blog!
“I know I’m supposed to feel guilty for wanting people to buy my books. But, after a decade of hand-wringing and apologies, I can’t quite muster the guilt anymore. I’m not a drug dealer.”—Julianna Baggott in her HuffPo article, "Novelist Walks Into a Bar or Facebook or Wherever"