Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

Sarah Elizabeth Schantz grew up in a bookstore named The Rue Morgue—one of the first mystery bookstores in the US. She is an accomplished short-storyist, with many awards under her belt. Schantz holds an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University. She currently lives with her family in an old farmhouse on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado, where they are surrounded by open sky, century-old cottonwoods, coyote, and screech owls. Fig is her first novel.

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Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Being reliable, nurture, a sense of humor.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The first villain that came to mind is from a fairy tale--the stepmother/witch in "Snow White." She is so incredibly and deeply cruel, and because I happen to know in the original telling of the tale, she was actually Snow White's biological mother, her character becomes even more evil. She is vanity at its worst.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who act stupid to get attention.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I think I'd like to go back in time to when Lord Byron dared Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein. I'd like to drink wine with Mary while we wrote ghost stories. I'd also like to meet the first old wife to begin the story about Little Red Riding Hood.


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