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Kate Lechler’s story “The Lost Heirs of Rose McAlder” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 March 2017. My story, “The Lost Heirs of Rose McAlder,” came from two places. The first was my own thoughts about having children. For now, I’m happy living the kid-free life, investing in the kids of my friends and in my own creative work. I once told my husband “my books will be my children.” Once I said it…

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The Lost Heirs of Rose McAlder – Kate Lechler

When Rose McAlder died at eighty-five, it took us all of an hour to congregate on her property, rubbing our hands and stamping our feet against the October chill. We hadn’t known it was she who had lived in the big old house on the corner of Seventh and Price all those years. When the news broke that morning—not only was Norbury’s local recluse dead, but she also happened to be a famous author—we poked…

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A question for Kate Lechler

Q: How has your writing evolved over time?

A: I didn’t start out as a fiction writer; I was an academic writer first, but realized while I was writing my dissertation that I hated it. When I started writing fiction–bad fiction, like most baby writers!–it was still immensely easier and more pleasurable than writing literary criticism. Over time I’ve gained confidence, both in my ability as a fiction writer and in the process itself. When I don’t have an answer to a problem a story poses, instead of panicking, I trust that it will reveal itself … and that writing more, rather than getting stymied, will probably show me what I need to know. Drafting fast and ugly, tidying it up in round two, and then getting lots and lots of feedback has been the key (for me) to telling the story I mean to tell.


Kate Lechler’s story “The Lost Heirs of Rose McAlder” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 March 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Kate Lechler

Kate Lechler is an outgoing introvert who teaches British literature at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, where she lives with her husband, a dog, a cat, and seven fish. When she’s not at school, you can find her haunting her favorite bookstore, Square Books, or sitting on a lawn chair in her carport, writing about genetically-engineered unicorns and dragons.

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Kate Lechler’s story “The Lost Heirs of Rose McAlder” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 March 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.