The Brooklyn RailOver at The Brooklyn Rail, Valya Dudycz Lupescu interviews me about King of Shards and my short fiction, delving deep into themes that recur frequently in my work. And Valya really dug deep, finding themes I wasn’t consciously aware of at the time. I have to say this was one of the best interviews I’ve ever had the pleasure of participating in. If Valya ever asks to interview you, make sure you say Yes!

Here’s a brief excerpt:

In Kressel’s short fiction and his novel, King of Shards, he introduces us to places that exist on the threshold of destruction and creation, populated with characters clinging desperately to the fragments of their shattered lives. But Kressel also weaves us through his worlds with Welty’s “golden thread.” As we encounter his characters struggling to create meaning and beauty amidst the chaos, Kressel never fails to keep us grounded in the experience of what it means to be human. His characters and their lives may be fantastic in all senses of the word—demons and angels and monsters—but their longing is not unlike our longing: for freedom, for connection, for home.

You can read the full interview here.