Author Spotlight: DS Levy

Author Spotlight: DS Levy

You can find DS Levy on her website and on Twitter. Her piece, ‘Tableau Vivant’ in Issue 4, ‘Transitions’ which you can pick up here.

‘Transitions’ is such an evocative theme, what compelled you to submit for this issue?

I submitted to the ‘Transitions’ issue because I, along with many other people I know, seem to be in some reflective ‘transition’ right now. The whole world is because of Covid. Plus, I’d just written this piece; it was still pretty fresh. As stated, my nephew had just bought his first home and the family helped him to move, and then we went out to celebrate and, sitting around the table, I realized that my husband and I are now the ‘elders’ of the group, and for better or for worse, that really jarred me into thinking how fast time is moving, and how we’re all in different phases of our lives.

Do you have a routine for writing? If so, what is it and how has it evolved?

The only routine I have for writing is to try to get some words down every day. Often, that happens in the morning as I’m drinking my beloved black coffee, but other times it happens when something inspires me to get to the computer, or to type a few notes into the notes app on my phone. I wish I could say that I write religiously everyday—same time, same number of words. But I don’t and never have. 

Do you have a routine for writing? If so, what is it and how has it evolved?

I don’t really think of myself as a writer of CNF (I’m mostly a flash fiction writer), although on occasion an idea will come to me that I have to pursue. I really like that ‘essay’ means to ‘make an attempt or effort, or to try,’ which is really all my nonfiction writing is—a simple attempt to understand a feeling or emotion I’m having, which is what happened with “Tableau Viviant.”

What is a song is on repeat for you right now?

What song is on repeat for me right now? I can’t write to any music with words, so as I work I tend to listen to movie soundtracks. Right now, anything by Thomas Newman or Ennio Morricone is high on my playlist, as are the beautiful melodies of Helen Jane Long.

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