Brendan Kiely

... Is not an excuse.





"...for me, writing fiction is an act of social engagement.
I want my work to participate in relevant cultural conversations"




As a teacher and a writer, I think stories should be entertaining; characters, their desires and conflicts, should always come first--as John Gardner suggested, a writer's job is to construct a uninterrupted dream the reader experiences from the first to the final page. I strive to write those vivid, memorable dreams, and for me, the dreams I appreciate most are the ones that help me reflect on what it means to be a human being in my society today--dreams that ask the oldest and most important questions--who am I and what am I supposed to do now?