Sarah Coates has led an intriguing life so far. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, Coates has since had 75 pounds of wood fall on her head, worked at a toilet factory, been hit by a car, fallen in love, worked as a grants manager at a public foundation, did some "art things," and fallen in love. We recently caught up with Coates to talk about the inspiration for her story "Bang!", which is forthcoming in The Iowa Review's winter issue.
TIR: Your story "Bang!" is going to be in our upcoming issues. What would you say inspired this story?