Interviews/Book Reviews

“Lynn Mundell’s Let Our Bodies Be Returned to Us,”  September 7, 2022, Superstition Review

Although Let Our Bodies Be Returned to Us focuses on women, there is no one type of woman Mundell writes about. Young and old, idealized and flawed—she writes with empathy about sisters, mothers, and women who simply are. No two stories are the same.



If Let Our Bodies Be Returned to Us were a birth plan, it would be the one where you think you are doing it natural in the backyard kiddy pool with Enya singing “Caribbean Blue” on repeat, but pretty quick you are on drugs in an ambulance hurtling down the 580 while playing car bingo with your sunburned doula.


“Numbering, Headings, Weird Animal Facts”: Gay Degani Interviews Lynn Mundell, author of LET OUR BODIES BE RETURNED TO US, June 2, 2022
Heavy Feather Review

Because flash is so short, sometimes transitions or big themes need a boost. Beyond the language, how? I have fun with structure. Numbering, headings, weird animal facts, dates, organizing by something like flowers or metals can help pack that wallop I ideally want.


Triumph of Female Empowerment: a review by Claire Polders of Let Our Bodies Be Returned to Us by Lynn Mundell, April 1, 2022
Bending Genres

Mundell is a master of the darkly funny and tenderly magical. In this collection, she generously lends her voice to characters on the cusp of growing up or on the verge of awakening. They are outsiders, disadvantaged or exceptionally fierce, who desire to belong and forge their own idiosyncratic paths.


100 Word Story Q&A with Becky Tuch, November 22, 2021
Lit Mag News Roundup

And, of course, what are the secrets of great flash fiction? You’ll have to watch the video to find out! We discussed issues of compression, surprise, emotional depth and trusting the reader. She also read two beautiful pieces from the magazine that accomplish these tasks, and we discussed what the writers did to make these pieces sing.


Reading of “Sister Wives at the County Fair,” by Audra Kerr Brown, episode 4, November 5, 2021
The Flashtronauts

I think my favorite line is, “At home, Trudy’s kitchen window faces Original Wife’s bathroom. Sometimes she sees Husband, his furred chest being soaped by a womanly hand wearing a wedding ring identical to her own.”


“Two Questions for Lynn Mundell,” September 2, 2019
Milk Candy Review

While I have written many sad things, I realized recently that too much of what I read is sad. I almost wonder if that has become our go-to as writers. It brings the drama that we want, but it also leaves the reader with a heavy load.


“Mini-Interview with Lynn Mundell,” September 24, 2018
Tommy Dean’s Special Like the People on TV

I seem to write a lot about moving, being lost, homes, and travel. I suspect this is because I moved a lot as a kid. These days I have written more from the news since I find it very troubling, and about aging and mortality.


“Smoke & Mirrors: An Interview with Lynn Mundell,” September 17, 2018
SmokeLong Quarterly

I should say that I am alternately baffled and fascinated by plural marriage, but I was once a lonely young girl, so I really do understand Trudy.


“Interview with Lynn Mundell,” September 14, 2018
New Flash Fiction Review

My mantra is, Don’t treat writing as some sort of race but as a contemplative walk.


“The Making of Nothing Short of 100,” June 23, 2018
New Flash Fiction Review

… at their best, micros can achieve remarkable things, flying as high as poetry and going as deep as much longer stories. I am constantly astounded at what can be done in so few words.


A Flash Fiction Roundtable: Short but Never Small,” May 21, 2018
The Millions

For me flash writing is very challenging but also understandable, because there is a crossover with poetry writing as far as length, use of metaphor, dramatic leaps, and inventive forms in order to deliver a finished piece.


Bending Genres Q & A with Author Lynn Mundell,” April 8, 2018
Bending Genres

I was very surprised to write about some things that subconsciously I realized I had always thought of as taboo. I speculate that not only calling them fiction but fashioning them into unorthodox “hybrid” forms freed me from my own censor…


Discovering Your Voice in Flash Fiction,” March 28, 2018
University of California, Berkeley, Extension

During the past eight years, we’ve published 450 pieces by writers ranging from pros published in Paris Review to college students just setting out on their writing careers.


Journey to Planet Write: Lost and Found,” September 14, 2016
Words in Place

In public school, we all pored over the Scholastic Book catalogs and filled in order forms. I would order 10, 20 books. School was very dull. Then the delivery came, and a high stack of books bound together with a jumbo rubber band landed on my desk, and I was saved by Amelia Bedelia, that fantastic blockhead.


An Interview with the Editors of 100 Word Story,” February 22, 2016
A Quiet Courage

You wouldn’t tell part of a story and just stop writing halfway if you were a novelist. The same standard holds for a 100-word story.


Ask an Editor Series: Grant Faulkner/Lynn Mundell,” August 9, 2014
Fiction Southeast

… stories and essays really do have to be 100 words. It’s a challenge. But writers might also think of the word count as the guardrails sometimes put up around bowling lanes—it’s a pleasing bit of structure and security!