Interview Series

Conversations with Writers

The 1455 Author Series: Readings and Conversations

Every month 1455 invites a different author to read from and discuss their work. For live events, audience Q&A is encouraged; for both virtual and in-person events, 1455’s Executive Director Sean Murphy will conduct an in-depth interview to take a deeper dive into process, influences, advice, and the person behind the pages.


A Conversation with Carl Hoffman

1455 Executive Director Sean Murphy talks with Carl Hoffman, author of LIAR'S CIRCUS.


A Conversation with Jeanne McCulloch

Jeanne McCulloch, author of the memoir ALL HAPPY FAMILIES, speaks with 1455 Executive Director Sean Murphy.


A Conversation with Ronnie Citron-Fink

1455’s Author Series at Handley Regional Library continues with Ronnie Citron-Fink, who will read from her book True Roots: What Quitting Hair Dye Taught Me about Health and Beauty.


A Conversation with Justen Ahren

1455 Executive Director Sean Murphy talks with poet and founder of the Noepe Center Justen Ahren.


A Conversation with Chris Register

Chris Register, author of Conversations with Us, speaks with 1455 Executive Director Sean Murphy.

The 14:55 Interview: 15 Questions In (Less Than) 15 Minutes

Get a glimpse into what makes your favorite creative types tick—from the writers who inspired them, to the weird habits that accompany the practice of writing, their favorite places in the world, and more. Each week, Sean Murphy, Executive Director of 1455, poses 15 questions in (less than) 15 minutes in this fast-paced and insightful series.

The Questions

  1. The first book that made you want to be a writer?
        (Or: what book changed your life?)
  2. Your most profound artistic influence is?
  3. Album or movie you recommend without reservation?
  4. Best first (or last) line in any book, ever?
  5. Most underrated author?
  6. Why have you not read MOBY DICK?
        (Or, which classic do you regret not reading?)
  7. Is there a single theme or issue your work addresses?
  8. What’s your writing routine? (Or: do you believe in them?)
  9. Do you believe in writer’s block?
  10. Talk about the most significant setback (artistic or otherwise)
           in your life?
  11. How have you developed your career?
  12. Define or explain what literary success means to you.
  13. What do you wish you had known, as an artist, 10 or 20 years ago?
  14. Have you ever visited a writers retreat?
          (If not, why; if so, how was your experience?)
  15. One-minute exhortation for beginning writer looking for advice?

An Interview with Sean Murphy

Get to know 1455's Founder and Executive Director Sean Murphy, author of fiction, poetry, reviews (of music, movie, book, food), and essays on the technology industry for almost twenty years. He has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Forbes, and AdAge.


An Interview with Bethanne Patrick

Get to know Bethanne Patrick (@TheBookMaven): a writer, author, and critic whose column about hot reads appears monthly in The Washington Post.


An Interview with Angie Kim

Meet Angie Kim, the debut author of the national bestseller MIRACLE CREEK, a literary courtroom drama that has been named an IndieNext and LibraryReads pick, a Best Book of 2019 So Far by Time Magazine and Amazon, a Washington Post Summer Reads selection, and a Top 10 AppleBooks Debuts of the Year. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Salon, and Slate.


An Interview with Karen E. Bender

Get to know Karen E. Bender, the author of the story collection Refund, which was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction in 2015, shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Story prize. 


An Interview with Robert Anthony Siegel

Get to know Robert Anthony Siegel, the author of two novels and a memoir, CRIMINALS: MY FAMILY'S LIFE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE LAW. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, The Paris Review, The Oxford American, and other venues. 

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