Mary Morris is a travel writer—and arguably a traveling writer.
“I work best in motion,” she says in this On the Fly interview recorded in late 2010. “I work really well on the New York City subway. I work really well on planes. If I want to get a lot of work done and you put me on an international flight, I’ll work for eight hours. I somehow work best when things are moving.”
Morris has published four books of travel writing, including 2007’s The River Queen. She is also the author of six novels, the most recent of which in 2004’s Revenge. Her career was launched in 1979 with the appearance of her first short story collection, Vanishing Animals & Other Stories.
That collection garnered the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981.