I would add, that said interview was conducted by then new, and now long-time, friend Keidra Chaney. Excerpt? Always. And long-live the Chicagoist (and DNAinfo), regardless of any and all current realities.
C: I don’t know if that ‘hustle’ part of it is always intuitive for all writers, though, in the way that it is for, say, musicians or other types of artists, I think writers some times fall into that. “Oh I just wrote a book and people will just find it.”
BT: I dunno, part of it might be influenced by growing up with an artist, but I think part of it is my association with writers, artists, etc. I’m obviously pretty drawn to the DIY/Indie artist scene, and those folks are always hustling. Now I’ve got a full-time job, a family, a mortgage, and all that, so I’m not fully into that scene, but the writing part of my career has pretty much been “hustle or die” and I have been really inspired by that.