Interviews & Media


Thrilled to have this piece on Charmed Particles in the Chicago Tribune and the Orlando Sentinel. Thanks to Jeremy Mikula for a great story, with links to the Trib’s original coverage of the SSC controversy. And for anyone interested in the real story behind the Superconducting Super Collider, a great shout out here for Adrienne Kolb and co-authors’ Tunnel Visions.

The Measure of Everyday Life – WNCU

Thanks to The Measure of Everyday Life – WNCU for devoting a whole episode to Charmed Particles and the big question of how we wrestle with uncertainty in science and society. You can listen to the interview here.


Thanks to Brian O’Keefe at WDCB for airing this piece again today in celebration of Fermilab‘s 50th anniversary. Click here to listen.

Women’s national book association

Excited to share the news that Charmed Particles has been selected by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads for National Reading Group Month. Check out the full list here.

late night library

Thanks to Evan Morgan Williams for interviewing me for Late Night Library.

EMW: Charmed Particles uses a lot of ephemera to tell its story. Recipes, letters in the mail, letters in the bin, lawn signs, a child’s notes for a research paper, even a Mary Kay Cosmetics order form–they’re all in there, and they fit wonderfully into the story. I’ve read that you used ephemera to inspire your poetry, too, so this is obviously an important aspect of your writing. How did this device develop for you, and what does it bring to the story for you as a writer? How does it tell a story that no other device could tell?

CK: I love ephemera—this strange stuff of life we leave lying around. For me, it provides a layer of detail I enjoy when reading and wanted to provide for readers of this book. When done clunkily, using this kind of stuff can seem random and can make a piece feel unfocused, but when done well, it gives a piece of writing such texture and depth, which, for me, is key to making it feel real and believable.”

You can read the full interview here.

Sophisticated Dorkiness

Many thanks to Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness for interviewing me for her award-winning book blog! You can read the interview here.

If you ever wish you had a smart, sensible, funny person who’d tell you what to read, this is the blog for you! You can learn more about Kim and Sophisticated Dorkiness here.

Largehearted boy playlist for Charmed Particles

Thanks to David Gutowski for the chance to be part of his fantastic playlist project at Largehearted Boy. You can check out my playlist for Charmed Particles here.

The nervous breakdown self interview

What kind of people will like this book? Awesome people who are the best.

What kind of people will hate this book? Son-of-a-guns. Jerkwads. Sucker MCs.”

Read the full interview here.

Be tenacious & be kind: a writers write interview

Thanks to And Cumbo-Floyd for interviewing me for her blog: “I believe very strongly in the importance of literary community and literary citizenship; that belief is one of the reasons I run these interviews.  So I’m especially thrilled to share the words and work of Chrissy Kolaya today, a woman who knows what it is to support other writers.” 

You can read the full interview here.

Writing Process Blog Tour

Thanks so much to Christine Sneed for inviting me to participate in the My Writing Process Blog Tour!

Interview with Dzanc Books

“I’ve found that the best things for me to write about are the things I’m insatiably curious about.” So says Chrissy Kolaya, whose debut novel Charmed Particles was published by Dzanc. Charmed Particles is a living museum for the curious, investigating everything from particle physics and world travel to love and the complexities of hope. Sabrina Wise got to talk with Chrissy about her inspirations, book nerdery, lion maulings, and understanding opinions very different from our own, among other topics. You can read the full interview here.

Guest posts for Read Her Like an Open Book

How connecting with early readers through my “Reader Feedback and Serialization Project” helped me improve and publish my first novel. You can read the full post here.

The challenges of the writing life: interviews with Christine Sneed and Alison Umminger. You can read the full post here.

Interview with Mount Mary University

“Welcome the reader in and make friends (or enemies!) with your characters. You can read the full article here.

Writers who read

Thanks to G. G. Andrew for interviewing me for her blog, Writers Who Read. You can read the full post here.

A Q&A with Christine Sneed

“Because it’s fun, it can be tempting to keep right on researching without ever doing the hard work of writing—putting your butt in the seat and putting words on the page. There’s also the persistent worry that you’ve gotten something wrong” You can read the full post here.

writing and wellness

Thanks to Colleen Story for interviewing me for the Writing and Wellness blog. You can read the full post here.