Since we last we spoke with debut author Teddy Wayne (pictured, via), we wanted to find out more about his debut novel, Kapitoil. So, we went back for a longer interview about his work and the books he recommends for aspiring writers.
Q: I do not intend to talk about your first novel, but how did you land the deal for your second novel, Kapitoil?
A: That first novel you’re not intending to talk about, which I wrote when I was 25, never saw the light of day, fortunately, but it did get me my current literary agent. For Kapitoil, it took a dispiriting round of rejections and a major revision before it garnered offers from a few different publishing houses. It was, I think, the first time in my life that adversity inspired me to work harder. I promise it will never happen again.