Deborah Staunton

Tell us who you are, a little about your work and what you enjoy other than writing.

I am the mother of two children. I live on Long Island, NY and I have a background in and passion for theatre, I enjoy scrapbooking, collaging, and reading.

What is your story about in On loss (don’t give us any spoilers)!

My poem is about the loss of my son through miscarriage.

Where did you learn of the On Loss anthology. Did you have a story in mind or write your story specifically for the anthology? 

I learned about the anthology on Facebook and the piece was written before I knew about the anthology.

What else have you written or are you most proud of?

I have written a collection of poems and flash non-fiction pieces, child development materials for Harcourt Learning Direct, and a couple of children’s picture books. I am most proud of my chapbook collection of pieces that focus on the mental illness of a parent and a child and also on enduring four miscarriages.

What is your current work in progress?

I am continuing to write short/flash nonfiction pieces and poems and working on editing/publishing my picture book.

What’s your specialty: short stories, novels, poetry?

Flash non-fiction and poetry

Do you self-publish, traditionally publish or both?

My pieces have been published in literary journals and anthologies and my chapbook is out for submission to small, traditional publishers.

What’s your favorite genre of books to read?

I love thrillers, memoir, and literary fiction.

What advice would you offer new writers

Writing is very subjective and rejections are par for the course. Your voice is important and needs to be heard. Keep writing, keep submitting and keep honing your craft.

Leave us with a favorite quote! 

“Writers have a little holy light within, like a pilot light which fear is always blowing out. When a writer brings a manuscript fresh from the making, at the moment of greatest vulnerability, that’s the moment for friends to help get the little holy light lit again.” John Irving

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