Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world? For me in particular, words now do the heavy lifting my performing body once did. As a career actor sidelined by maturity and Covid, expressing intensity on the page instead of on the stage is a gift.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block? I've yet to have it, but I'm new—get back to me in a few years. I imagine it will be going to the painful places in the vast spectrum of human feeling.

What is your favorite time to write? Daytimes, 10am ‘til 5pm

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers? Convey as much feeling as you can in as few words as possible.

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age? How instantly one's ideas can enter countless minds via virtual platforms.

Melanie B. Chartoff's Odd Woman Out: Exposure in Essays and Stories is out now with Books Fluent.