IFOA: Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the Festival?
Schultz: Too many to list, but as I lived in Toronto for quite a few years I’m looking forward to catching up with friends and local writers who I miss.
IFOA: You’re the co-founder of Joyland. What’s one thing you’ve learned from your contributors lately?
Schultz: Short fiction has different laws from novel writing but maybe something I’m reminded of all the time is don’t waste that first sentence. It’s the one free moment the reader gives you. Everything after has to be earned.
IFOA: In The Blondes, women with blonde hair turn into zombies—even if they have a dye job. We hear you’ve dyed your hair blonde in the past. Did you like being a blonde?
Schultz: I think what I learned, and what I tried to to put into the novel, was that small things divide women during our day to day lives—hair, culture, class, age—but more important issues will always unite us.
IFOA: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
Schultz: Well I’m working on a TV pilot right now and that feels like a vacation from novel writing. I guess I have no escape from writing.
IFOA: Finish this sentence: I wish I could…
Schultz: Zero-out my Visa balance once in my life.
IFOA: Bonus question: International Festival of Authors in one word:
Schultz: Opulent. (An adjective that most writers never get to experience, so thank you IFOA!)
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