For the Winter 2017 issue of West Branch Wired, Robyn Carter talks to West Branch interns Jackson Pierce-Felker '18 and Leslie Markevitch '18.

Robyn CarterWest Branch: In the stories "Aftershock," "Impossible Object," "Broods," "Like Nothing," "Dolls," and "Ancient History," you use a variety of perspectives. You often rely on first or second person, sometimes even switching perspectives in the story. How do you choose which perspective to use and who is the "you" you address in your second person stories?

Robyn Carter: I think I gravitate toward first or second person because the story seeds I start with are always real events, something I witnessed or experienced, so as I write, at least in the early drafts, I'm recording a moment as I remember it, but usually in present tense, which tends to amplify the sensory elements of the memory, make the colors more vivid or garish, textures, weather, corporeal stuff like that more palpable, which for me, is more "writeable." At least I think that's why I go for present tense. ...

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