Meet Susan Thibadeau, whose short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
If you had a time machine, where and when would you be right now?
I’ve often written stories set in the past and wished I did have such a time machine. It would be wonderful to be able to experience the past with all the senses. But the truth is, if I had H. G. Wells’ time machine I’d set it to take me a hundred years into the future, to where I’m sitting right now, to see how this amazing human drama we’re all experiencing actually works out. I’m optimistic about that future.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Stop procrastinating! Don’t ever learn how to play solitaire on line!
What is your favorite resource for writers?
Other writers. Seriously, if you want to know how something is done, look at how other writers accomplished it in their work. If you need encouragement, other writers know exactly what you’re going through.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
Besides the work, which centers and renews me, I think it’s the fellowship of writers who are unfailingly generous, kind and very entertaining.
What is your favorite tip for writers?
Stop procrastinating! Put another way: Just write.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
For me, it’s been introducing humor into my pieces without overdoing it.
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 bring a bottomless iced skim latte, a hammock and the New York Public Library.
Twitter: Susan Thibadeau @SusanThibadeau
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