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Author Chelsea Cain on her Writing Process

OPB | March 16, 2011 5 p.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 12:59 a.m.

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Alexander Johnson

Chelsea discusses her process as a writer.

Alexander Johnson / OPB

Chelsea Cain, author of the Gretchen Lowell series, starts her novels the same way other people start office memos or school reports: with a blank Word document.

Eventually that document gets filled until it’s hundreds of pages long. But even though Chelsea is now a bestselling author, she still thinks of it as an insurmountable goal. So she tries to think of that insurmountable goal as a series of smaller steps, like chapters.

Chelsea’s also in a writing group with other Portland authors including Chuck Palahniuk and Lidia Yuknavitch. She’s been part of the group for over five years, despite being so nervous the first time she attended that she wanted to “projectile vomit.”

Emily Harris interviewed Chelsea on Think Out Loud. They talked about her books, her childhood and her writing process.

I interviewed and photographed Chelsea at her home where she described how her writers group has influenced her work:

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