I’d like to welcome author, Mary Dutta, to the blog for #ThisorThatThursday!
A few of your favorite things: Dark chocolate, Victorian novels, New York City
Things you need to throw out: All the organizers, bullet journals, color-coded pens, and calendars that I keep thinking will change my writing process and don’t.
Things you need for your writing sessions: Yellow legal pads
Things that hamper your writing: Internet access
Things you love about writing: Endless possibilities
Things you hate about writing: Plots that resist revealing themselves
Hardest thing about being a writer: Rejections
Easiest thing about being a writer: Jumping into a new story
Favorite foods: Anything pork, anything chocolate
Things that make you want to gag: Stinky tofu
Favorite beverage: Gin & tonic
Something that gives you a sour face: Kombucha
Something you’re really good at: Baking
Something you’re really bad at: Skiing
Last best thing you ate: Pepper & egg grinder
Last thing you regret eating: Octopus. I keep trying it and never like it.
Things you always put in your books: Humor
Things you never put in your books: Graphic violence
Things to say to an author: I loved your book!
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: I could write a great book if I just took the time.
Favorite places you’ve been: Petra, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Bronte parsonage
Places you never want to go to again: Any gas station in New Jersey, where you’re not allowed to pump your own gas.
Favorite books (or genre): Wuthering Heights, Mysteries
Books you wouldn’t buy: Sci Fi
Mary Dutta traded New England and a career as an English professor for a new life as a college admissions reader in the South. Her short story "Festival Finale” appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense.