Visiting Writer Bonnie Jo Campbell  

Asked, 'Who were your major influences?', Campbell replied: 'I’ll tell you, but I don’t know if you should believe me. We say we’re influenced by the people we admire, but I don’t know if that’s true. I’m inspired by Steinbeck, even though he’s a sexist. I love Faulkner, except when I can’t stand him.

'I’m probably mostly influenced by my mom. I’m like a calm version of my mom. She told me these outrageous stories, what’s the craziest thing just happened. So I like to tell the crazy stories, just calmed down. My grandfather told stories, too, but his last line was always, 'Then everybody got along.' Everything was okay. My mom would tell the opposite story using the same material.'

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