The Interview is a ROSA short listed piece of  fiction that works as a character study. Cassie Kosarek one woman’s plight to break out of social compliance in a contemporary setting. Her writing is deft and always on point. We asked the author a few questions.

The Ed: Tell us about an interesting habit you might have when writing.

Cassie Kosarek: I stare at people. I don’t like to write at home because I’m too
easily distracted, so I end up going to the public library or a coffee
shop, where, in my own pondering, I have been caught way too many
times staring strangers down without noticing it.

What role to paper books having in an increasing digital marketplace?

I’m an active blogger and explored the digital humanities quite a bit
as an undergrad, and as a proponent of dissemination of information
and stories by digital means, I can comfortably say that modern
technology allows for writers’ work to be passed along in a more
efficient, cheaper manner. Like records, I don’t expect paper books to
ever be completely phased out, but I do expect that consumers will
increasingly prefer digital copies of literature to paper ones.
However, I am concerned about the permanence of literary works in our
increasingly digital society. In a society that looks for novelty and
pertinence, how will we keep the “good” literature around? What will
the word “classic” mean if a book lives only in a file and is able to
be deleted once read?

What authors to you admire, or aspire to be like, and why?

As a science enthusiast, I’ve admired Oliver Sacks’ work for years,
but find it too dense to read casually. If I could be a mixture of
Chris McDougall (journalist and author of Born to Run) and Sacks, I’d
die happy. Sacks has an ability to portray the human psyche in all of
its states in the most ethical and human way possible, and McDougall
makes scientific research relatable to the grandest of audiences.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years.

In college, I was an English major, psychology minor, and a
late-decision pre-med student. I resist being intellectually confined
by majors or decided career paths, and it is with that resistance that
I see myself as a psychiatrist-who-writes somewhere down the road. I
am interested in how science meets psychology meets women’s studies
meets fiction meets nonfiction, and as a future medical student, I
cannot envision myself giving up my interdisciplinary writing
interests for a life of empiricism. In ten years, I’ll be a physician,
but I’ll also be an active writer, weaving my knowledge of medicine
into stories that reflect the complexity of lives on a level that
transcends the purely numerical and scientific.