LocalLit is a new short story newsletter that connects local authors with local readers. The newsletter kicked off in April. Each week a new short story by a local author is sent directly to subscribers email.
Next week's short story is by Susan Werner of St. Charles. Recently Werner took a few minutes to speak via email with Herald-News features editor Denise M. Baran-Unland.
Baran-Unland: Tell us a bit about your writing background.
Werner: I began writing as a teenager: journaling and writing about my experiences growing up. An English major in college, I learned to read and write about everything. I write about the noteworthy characters I’ve met in the decades since then, and my own, sometimes unconventional, experiences that I feel lucky to have survived!
Baran-Unland: What types of stories do you like to write?
Werner: Memoir, coming of age, fairy tales based on true stories.
Baran-Unland: Give a one-line summary about your featured short story.
Werner: Written in the style of a fairy tale, this true story is based on my memory of a Christmas in Alabama and "hunting" with my grandpa when I was six years old.
Baran-Unland: Have you published any books and/or are you working on one now?
Werner: No published books yet. I am working on a coming of age novel, based on a true story, about a young woman who moves from the farm to the big city, shakes off some bad influences, finds her own path, and goes back to school to become a writer!
Baran-Unland: Where can people find more information about you?
Editor's note: Readers who like Christmas stories with a touch of nostalgia will enjoy Werner's story in Tuesday's LocalLit newsletter.
Each week LocalLit will deliver an original short and family-friendly story by a local author to the newsletter's subscribers or – starting in 2019 – a review of a book written by a local author.
Authors with a connection to our readership area may submit. Submission does not guarantee acceptance.
Stories should be edited and between 1,000 words and 7,500 words.
Featured authors will be spotlighted in publications before the newsletter runs so readers have time to sign up.
To submit and for more information, contact Denise M. Baran-Unland at 815-280-4122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To sign up for the newsletter and read Werner's story, as well as see a photo of her grandpa's house as it looks today, visit www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/#//.