Stephen Graham Jones has 20 books out — five collections and 15 novels. This year he has two or three more out as well: the young adult Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (Dzanc, with Paul Tremblay), After the People Lights Have Gone Off (horror collection, Dark House), and Once Upon a Time in Texas (Trapdoor), the second installment of his Bunnyhead Chronicles. He also has a couple hundred short stories published, from literary journals to truck-enthusiast magazines, from textbooks to anthologies to best-of-the-year annuals. Jones has been an NEA Fellow, a Texas Writers League Fellow, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Multicultural Award. His areas of interest, aside from fiction writing, are horror, science fiction, fantasy, film, comic books, pop culture, technology, and American Indian Studies. Jones received his BA in English and Philosophy from Texas Tech University (1994), his MA in English from the University of North Texas (1996), and his PhD from Florida State University (1998). Jones’ current projects are a werewolf novel, a young adult novel, and a comic book.

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What is your approach to teaching? How do you reach students in the classroom?

I think students connect—anybody connects—when they can see that you’re passionate about the material. That it matters to you. And that you don’t quite have it all figured out yet. But you’re trying. And you want them to help you. Together as a class, then, you move forward, you get places, you learn things. It’s like you’re all walking into this huge wonderful unmapped cave. Right now, you’re holding the flashlight. But what you want is to hand that light off, after a while.