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Smoke & Mirrors with Diane Gottlieb Interview by Fannie H. Gray

The repetitive use of “the way” is very effective. Did you consciously craft that or did it end up organically evolving as you wrote?

Thank you! I usually like to do two things in a piece—build tension as I go and come full circle. I started “21 Allen Drive” with the repetition of “the way” in the first paragraph, then let the lists take over in the next two. By the fourth paragraph, when I knew it was time to end the micro, I leaned on “the way” again to achieve that full circle thing. It wasn’t fully a “craft” choice though.

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