A Fresh Look–Interview with Suanne Schafer

SS: What did you want to grow up to be as a child, Ginny? Has that child’s desire appeared in your work?

GF: I wanted to be a ballerina, a painter, a pianist, an architect, an astronaut, a UN translator, and always a writer. Art of all kinds makes its way into my stories.

SS: Have you always been driven to write? Or did you begin writing in response to a particular stimulus?

GF: I’ve been writing stories since a teacher showed me I could fold a piece of paper in half, draw a cover, and inside write a story. My grandson is doing this now so I can observe how compelling an activity it is. I suppose I began telling stories even before I could form letters on a piece of paper. The call to story is strong. I’m even writing in my sleep! I wake up with first lines to something I don’t know I’m working on, but often before I get to jot them down, they evaporate.

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