Jennifer E. Smith on International MFA Programs
by Salvatore Pane
It had quite a bit of influence; I don’t know if I would have ever written this book if it hadn’t been for my time over there. I had a couple of friends studying in London at the same time, and I visited them often, just wandering around the city, which became a huge inspiration for the later parts of Statistical Probability. Over the past few months, I’ve had a lot of readers email to ask whether I’m from the US or the UK, because they genuinely couldn’t tell while reading, and that’s a huge compliment. With the dialogue, in particular, you want it to feel authentic, so I was especially conscious of this with Oliver. I did have a Scottish friend read an early draft, and she caught me out on a few things (saying “yard” instead of “garden” and “store” instead of “shop”), but my time over there definitely helped with that and everything else.