does the word "story"
mean to you?
Something happens and life is altered, irrevocably.
Do you have a reader in mind when you write stories?
SA: Not when I'm writing, but definitely when I'm revising. That's when the
smoothing happens and when I try to figure out how much the reader needs
to know and how much they need to imagine. I can't say that I always
picture some solitary New Yorker subscriber sitting in a quiet
well-lighted room with a single-malt and listening to Mahler. More
often, I envision a friend, whose interest I'm trying to maintain
through their commute.
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection, anything at all?
SA: Does he die at the end? (I think the answer is more about the reader than about me.)
TSR: How does
it feel knowing that people are buying your books?
SA: Lovely. It's been such a ridiculous surprise, especially in Australia,
where the book has been put on the year twelve curriculum. I know some
students are being tortured by it, but most seem to get into it. And
reading the study guide for your first book is amazing and bizarre and
What are you working on now?
SA: My second book (also linked stories, but this time about one family with
special powers) just came out in Australia in 2011 and will be coming
out elsewhere in the UK and US and Italy and Israel over the next year.
Right now, I'm writing some stories and trying to conjure up the next