Meet Mary Sutton (writing as Liz Milliron). Her short fiction has been published in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales, Blood on the Bayou; Fish Out of Water; and Mystery Most Historical.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
I’d meet Shakespeare and ask how he managed to capture the human condition so perfectly that we are still performing and studying his plays hundreds of years later.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Stop worrying over the small stuff. And it’s mostly small stuff.
What is your favorite resource for writers?
I think people are the best resources, so I’d have to recommend two organizations: Pennwriters and Sisters in Crime. I’ve learned from people in both groups and it’s made me an immensely better writer.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
Three short story acceptances into major anthologies in 2016. I feel more “legitimate” saying I’m a published author.
What is your favorite tip for writers?
My favorite tip is courtesy of Hallie Ephron: “Hold your nose and write.” Plotter or pantser, you’ve got to get words on the page before you can move to the next step in the process.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Hearing “no” over, and over, and over, and… But one “yes” really overshadows all those “no’s.”
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
If I were stranded on a desert island I’d take: 1) my laptop and a solar-powered charger so I could keep writing (because of course those are one thing), 2) a complete collection of books (Jane Austen, Harry Potter, or Zoe Chambers, depending on my mood – because of course the whole collection is one item) and 3) a good pillow – because everyone needs a good pillow, right?
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