Originally from New Bern, NC, Cheyenne Autry is a fourth-year fiction student in the MFA program at the University of Arkansas. She likes long walks and short bios.
Eckleburg: What captures your interest most in your work, now, as a reader of your work?
I love the strangeness of it. A lot of my writing has this strange or unreal element in it because I feel that those moments capture a feeling or reaction in a way that reality can’t. For me, actually losing one’s head from laughter does more justice to the situation and what Wife is feeling.
Eckleburg: What are you working on now?
I’m starting to put stories together for my thesis, and I have a few new stories in various stages. There’s a ghost story of sorts, and another about these kids living in an old motel. I’m also dabbling in flash fiction.
Eckleburg: Who and what are your artistic influences?
Everything, I guess? Every person, book, picture, painting, experience, etc. are fair game for me when it comes to writing. This is a pretty lame answer, I know, but it’s hard for me to pick out these people or objects that influence my work because my mind automatically just goes to writers I like, but I don’t think being a fan equates to artistic influence. The work and experiences I don’t like probably influence me more than those I’m really jazzed about.
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