Vacuum in the Dark and Pretend I'm Dead author Jen Beagin on How She Began to Write Fiction

"Before I was a writer, I was a cleaning lady in New Mexico." Jen Beagin holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine, and is a recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award in fiction. She is the author of Pretend I'm Dead and Vacuum in the Dark. A former cleaning lady, she lives in Hudson, New York. Listen as Beagin explains what inspired her to start writing fiction. For more on this author, visit