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Sarah Beaudette

The Red Shoes
, flash fiction, Issue 41, December 15, 2017

Sarah Beaudette is a native of the Pacific Northwest, and a nomadic traveler currently living in Mexico with her husband, two small sons, and a cat named Pye. Her fiction has appeared in Word Riot, Necessary Fiction, and The Jellyfish Review among other publications. When she's not reading, she spends most of her time getting lost in strange cities and mispronouncing her pastry orders at the cafe.  

Biography Questions
Birthday? March 4th.
When did you start writing? I've been annoying my parents with rambling epic fantasies since I learned to talk, but the first one I remember writing down was when I was ten. Our city had an ice storm, the likes of which had never been seen before or since. Everyone was without power for weeks. Our third grade class wrote stories about what we did during the storm. I believe I stretched the truth in mine, but it won a local young writers award and I still have the ruffled yellow ribbon. 
When and what and where did you first get published? After college, I didn't do much creative writing until I was thirty. A story of mine about a girl who can talk to animals and a mother who can read her thoughts won the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge in 2016, and is published there now.
What themes do you like to write about? Apparently I often write about parent/child relationships, though I don't set out to. I also like a healthy dose of death and the macabre, because who doesn't?
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Jeez, how much time do you have? This weekend I'm rereading old fall favorites: A Wrinkle In Time, The Uninvited, Rebecca, and I'll admit it, A Discovery of Witches. I have eclectic reading tastes, and also dip my nose into Junot Diaz, Karen Russell, Ray Bradbury, and Salman Rushdie as often as I can. My favorite writing is rich and delicious--it makes me rub my hands together in anticipation like my husband says I do before a good meal. Whether it's horror, fabulism, or literary fiction, good writing makes you want to bite down hard and cleave to its emotion as you disappear inside the universe. I strive for this level of reader enjoyment in my own writing. 

Twitter? @sarahbeaudette