I had the great pleasure of hearing Kiley Reid speak and read from her debut novel Such a Fun Age. She was thoughtful, warm, humble and inspiring.
Here are some the things that she had to say:
When talking about writing during her 6-year stint as a nanny:
“A lot of the writing is looking for jobs so you can make enough to live and write on the side.”
In response to a question about writing for voices other than your own (or more specifically, how she as a black women wrote for Such a Fun Age's Alix):
“A large part of the black experience is being in white spaces.”
Explaining that writing can be both art and entertaining:
“You can talk about class warfare and have a meet cute at the same time.”
When asked for life advice from recent college grads:
“I don't know I'm the person to ask. I was a mess!”
"I wish I would have showed my work to more people."
When discussing the protagonist's Emira's actions and motivations:
“Sometimes you have to work within a system that doesn't work for you. As an individual, that's all you can do.”