Heather Wells Peterson recently finished an MFA at the University of Florida. She lives in Gainesville, FL, where she is currently at work on her first novel.
As Senior Fiction Editor, Heather subscribes to Hemingway’s Iceberg Theory: “If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing.”
Though now she would hasten to include other pronouns in this quotation, she believes the idea is sound. Send her fiction that says a lot in few words, that is strange and surprising, that represents new view points and never assumes a default culture, gender, class, race, nationality, or religion. Send her fiction that she will still be thinking about when she goes to bed tonight.