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 is your greatest achievement?

A. Aside from becoming a mother, I think writing Fig, and getting it published is so far my greatest achievement; it took a LOT of dedication and perseverance.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. The Mercy Seat (sung by either Nick Cave or Johnny Cash), Susan by The Subhumans, Telephone Line by Electric Light Orchestra (my husband and I call this, "Our song"), Molly Mallone (a folk song my mother used to sing to me when I was little), Sam Stone by John Prine (although The Great Compromise is probably one of the best metaphors ever accomplished in song); these five songs probably are not always my favorite, but they are today.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I keep trying.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I worry a lot.

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