Category Archives: The Writing Process

It took a dog to teach me how to love the woods

by Chris Bohjalian For most of my adult life, I’ve lived near or in the Vermont woods. And when I say lived “near” or “in” the woods, I mean it. In 2017, my wife and I moved into a house in the woods at the end of a dirt driveway so long that it terrifies […]

WINGSPAN has landed

Dear Friends Who Read and Readers Who are Friends, It’s official: the audiobook of my first play, WINGSPAN, landed today. You can download it wherever you download your ebooks. If you enjoy reading scripts, there is an ebook, too. The one-act play premiered last year at 59E59 in New York City and ran throughout the […]

A playlist — and a glimpse into how I write

Dear Friends Who Read and Readers Who are Friends, I’m asked often about the process of writing: how I approach my day. Invariably, my day begins by watching movie trailers or music videos to get into the right emotional space for whatever scene I am going to write that morning. Movie trailers and music videos […]

The Fugitive Life of an Airline Employee

When I was a boy, I had an uncle who married a flight attendant—or what we called back then a (forgive me) stewardess. It was his second marriage and I was too young to understand the enticing aroma of scandal that swirled around the divorce from his first wife, but even as an elementary school […]

The Flight Attendant Has Landed!

“Filled with turbulence and sudden plunges in altitude, ‘The Flight Attendant’ is a very rare thriller whose penultimate chapter made me think to myself, ‘I didn’t see that coming.’ The novel — Bohjalian’s 20th — is also enhanced by his deftness in sketching out vivid characters and locales and by his obvious research into the […]

The novel, “Midwives,” 20 years later: What was the early reaction to the novel like? Has it changed over time?

It was twenty years ago that “Midwives” was published: 1997. Seinfeld was still on the air. The Spice Girls had two of the year’s biggest hits. The Dow Jones closed for the first time at. . .7,000. Throughout this month I will be answering questions from the Reading Group Center to celebrate the new, twentieth […]

The novel, “Midwives,” 20 years later: Is there anything I would update or change?

It was twenty years ago that “Midwives” was published: 1997. I had hair then. Our phones were considerably less smart. Our books were made of paper. Throughout this month I will be answering questions from the Reading Group Center to celebrate the new, twentieth anniversary edition of the novel. Here is their first one. As […]

Howard Frank Mosher: a heart as immense as his talent

Of the million and a half words (at least a million and a half) that Howard Frank Mosher published, the sentence I think about most often is the very first sentence of his very first novel: “My father was a man of indefatigable optimism.” It is, like most of his sentences, rhythmically perfect. It has […]

An interview in which I reveal my favorite children’s book, what I did before I became a novelist, and my response to one very garish dust jacket

Over the holidays, I was interviewed about my work and “The Sleepwalker” by Laura Hamlett of Playback St. Louis. I thought her questions were really interesting. Here is the complete interview. Happy reading! * * *   LAURA HAMLETT: When I read The Guest Room last fall, I found a new writer to love. I […]

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