What’s the best thing about being an artist?
What are some of the worst things about being a writer?
These are questions that artist wife and writer girlfriend Rachel Piven has wrestled with.
The couple have written several novels, including their first collaboration with novelist David Foster Wallace, The Pale King, as well as their first novel, The Way of the Artist, about the birth of the modern artist.
In the months following The Way Of The Artist, the couple started working on another novel, called The Unfinished Man.
The book, which came out this year, will be set in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s.
Piven is a writer’s wife, and the two have been married since 2010.
We spoke with Piven about her time as a writer, why her husband is the most terrible writer she has ever met, and why, while the couple is both great at their jobs, it’s harder for a writer to have a happy marriage.
How did you get to be the wife of David Foster, the author of The Pale Man?
The Pale Men was written in 1975, the same year David was born.
I went to New York to write it, and I’d never met him.
I’d been to New Hampshire to write a book of poems.
I was very excited.
But the next day, he called me to tell me, “I need to tell you something.”
He said, “You need to meet David Foster.
You’re going to be my wife for six months.
I’m going to try and find a place for you in New England.
He says, “No, I want you to write this.”
I said, Well, if he doesn’t, I can’t go.
He said no, but I knew that I couldn’t do it.
So I went down to New Jersey.
He called me up and said, David, you’re going into the world of writing for the first time.
So we’re going on the road.
He was there.
He came to New England, he met me, and we had our first child together.
We went to dinner and we talked for hours about everything.
We got married in a small hotel room.
I had a little cup of coffee, and he came over and he was like, “Oh, my God, this is amazing.
I thought we were going to have this.
I didn’t realize we were having this, and then I had this.
“So I said to him, “Well, you know, if you don’t want to be a writer anymore, then why are you still writing?
“He said he was going to do it for the money.
So, we started writing a lot.
We did a few novels together.
He got a job in a magazine and he started writing for it.
And we were just writing about it all.
I said the next year, I was going in for surgery, and it was in the next month that we were married.
It was in that year, that the book was finished, and David asked me, Are you going to take a job?
I said yes, because I was getting paid.
And I started writing fiction.
I wrote The Unwritten Man.
I knew David was writing for a magazine.
And then we got married.
The Unbroken Man came out last year, and this year it came out in paperback.
And it’s a wonderful book, and one of the reasons it’s so good is because the couple has a great time writing it.
The novel is very funny, and funny, you get a lot of jokes in there, because it’s about a couple of people who are really together.
It’s about their relationship, and there’s lots of laughter.
The problem is that it’s not true love, it doesn’t really work for the characters.
So it’s very much a comedy, but it’s also very true.
What about the wife, Rachel?
Well, she has no personality.
She’s the opposite of that.
She has this beautiful face, and she’s very beautiful, but she has an enormous personality.
I’ve never had any problem writing a wife, because she’s so easy to work with.
She can be funny.
She likes to be funny, so I can write jokes.
I can be dark.
I get it.
I just do it because I like writing and it’s funny.
I don’t know why they’ve had such difficulty finding someone who is the opposite to what I am.
Rachel has been great.
I think she was like the second coming of the Beatles, in terms of her talent and her brilliance.
I always loved her as a husband.
When I was in grad school, I’d talk to her about a book that she’d been writing and she’d say, “Rachel, I’ve got to go get a haircut.”
She’d have her hair cut.
I would just stand there.
I wouldn’t say, You know, Rachel, I