Today I’m taking part in a special blog hop with the In Fabula-Divino authors. We are all hosting different authors as they answer five questions about their experience as part of the In Fabula-Divino anthology. You also have the opportunity to enjoy a little extract from each of our stories! I am hosting S.G. Larner, author of “Regret”.
Five Questions for S.G Larner, author of “Regret”:
1. What was your inspiration for the story?
I’m not entirely sure. It was an image that popped into my head. The very first scene just played out in my mind and I knew I had to keep writing the story. Normally I am very clear on where the inspirations for my stories come from, but this one just turned up in a moment when my mind was in between thoughts.
2. How different has the In Fabula-divino journey been from what you expected when you first submitted your story?
Well, I thought I had a winning story and it’s much more whimsical and “nicer” than my usual fare, and I knew Nicole wanted something not-dark. So getting my initial rejection was deflating! It involved a LOT more ups and downs than I expected. Ultimately though it’s been a fabulous process.
3. What is the best thing about having your story in this anthology?
At risk of sounding fan-girlish, Kaaron Warren and Angela Slatter are two writers I admire enormously, so having a story in with stories of theirs is pretty exciting.
4. Is there anything scary about having your story in the anthology?
Only the usual fear of a bad review that singles out your story.
5. What was the most important thing you learnt during the In Fabula-divino process?
That a rejection is not always a rejection of your writing. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the story sucks, or the editor hates it. It just doesn’t fit the bill, for whatever reason—or maybe the editor had to toss a coin between two stories and yours lost. I never expected to read that I was being rejected for having a story that was too polished! Also, always hold onto hope and believe in yourself. And know when to say no, and when to say yes. Oh, I could go on and on, but I’ll shut up now!
And a little extract to whet your appetite:
by S. G. Larner
The tear rolled down my cheek and paused at my chin. It quivered before diving toward the ground, a reluctant suicide. Contained within the crystal drop were the dashed hopes of a lifetime. It fell into the soft grass at my feet and my regret popped out, naked for the world to see.
“I think this is yours, Mary-Anne,” said Auntie, handing me my regret. She looked as embarrassed as I felt. I took it and clutched it to my chest.
There was an awkward silence. Auntie kicked at the feathery grass with a green-slippered foot.
“Nice funeral,” she said. “Your mum would’ve approved.”
“Yes.” I glanced down at the regret in my arms. “I’m surprised there weren’t more of these.”
Auntie pursed her lips. “You know what your mum thinks—thought—of regrets.”
I coughed and hunched my shoulders. Mum used to say regrets were self-indulgent; that if you lived an authentic life there was no need for regret. She would say it in her loud, confident voice, trampling over any dissension. As her voice echoed in my memories, the regret weighed heavier in my arms. She’d be pretty cranky if she saw this whopper.
“Well,” said Auntie, “I’d best be off.” Her gaze flicked to the regret. “You mind that, Mary-Anne.”
“Of course, Auntie.” I hugged the regret against my chest. “See you on Sunday.”
S. G. Larner lives in Brisbane, where it’s way too sunny and humid for her liking. Her three children keep her occupied most of the time, but she sneaks off to write whenever she can. She tends to write stuff that is dark and weird to balance her mundane existence. She blogs at foregoreality.wordpress.com and erratically tweets as @StaceySarasvati.
The blog hop continues on my fellow authors’ blogs:
At Forego Reality, S.G Larner interviews A.E Decker, author of “In The Woods”, and Tony Owens, author of “Digging Out the Ribs of Gold”.
At Small Triumphs, A.E Decker interviews P.J Keuning, author of “Crossroads”, and Joseph W. Patterson, author of “Franklin’s Rainbow”.
At The Rick Blog, P.J Keuning interviews ME!
You can find out more about In Fabula-Divino on The Tale-Tellers’ website.