Alexis von Konigslow
with Meaghan Strimas
HLR: How do you schedule time to write?
AVK: I prefer to write late at night, and it can be any day of the week. I love feeling like I'm the only person left awake.
HLR: What obstacles (real and imagined) make it a challenge for you to find time to write, and how have you dealt with them?
AVK: My main obstacles right now are work, and my child. I try to have strategies. I break down my job into tasks, and I schedule them daily so that I can finish them and have time at the end of the day that's just for writing. Writing with a baby is another matter, and that one is a work in progress!
HLR: Do you find you work better when your schedule is clear, or when you are pressed to find time?
AVK: I find that I need to be busy, but not too busy, and certainly not stressed-out busy. If I have too much time, then I procrastinate. If I'm too busy or too distracted or distractable, then I have trouble setting my real life aside so that I can settle into writing.
Alexis von Konigslow has a bachelor`s degree in Math and Physics, and an MFA in creative writing. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son. The Capacity for Infinite Happiness is her first novel, out this spring from Wolsak & Wynn.