BULLshot: Alan Guzzetti

BULLshot: Alan Guzzetti


BE: As a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, how do you draw the line between the kinds of experiences you feel can/should be read or written about and those that shouldn’t be?


AG: I like the word “evocative.” When I write non-fiction pieces, I naturally want them to be interesting, engaging the reader, and if I can get an emotional response, I’ve succeeded.

I keep very little private and I probably admit too much—a habit I developed as age crept up on me. Funny how one feels less embarrassed as they become more honest with themselves.

Likewise, when writing fiction I want to include those elements, but I also try to include surprises. I avoid every-day situations except when I want to draw in the reader to set them up for more tension or a jolt of excitement.

On the other hand, I take no responsibility for characters who appear as evil, immoral, and depraved. After all, they are not me. Or, are they?

In both cases, the story is everything.


About the Author

Bryce Emley is a freelance writer, poetry reader for Raleigh Review, and MFA student at NC State. His stuff can be found in/on Mid-American Review, Prairie Schooner, Your Impossible Voice and Salon.com.