Sarah Jospitre is a second-year student in the Writing For Children & Young Adults section of the MFA Creative Writing Program. Recently, she has completed an internship in the editorial department at Random House Children’s Books and is setting her sights on a position at Scholastic in the fall. Her biggest influence is RL Stine whom she credits for her love of comedic horror and aspiration to be a children’s author.
1. Who is your favorite villain, and who is your favorite protagonist in literature?
Miss Trunchbull (“Sit down, you squirming worm of vomit!”) and—not exactly a protagonist but he certainly aids the main character in many ways—Willy Wonka (“Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.”)
2. When did you know you were a writer?
As I was graduating from NYU with a masters in Music Business. My mind started plotting a story about two young boys who find an old chest of antique clothing that allows them to change personalities with each piece of garment worn. In a prolonged and highly unnecessary fit of paranoia, I became highly suspicious of the previous owner of my rented cap and gown...
3. What are you currently working on?
“Blurred” – an extremely quirky, slightly horrific tale about the return of an infamous eye exam at an eerie middle school. Loosely based on how I lied about my eyesight in the third grade.
4. How has your writing process changed over the years?
Since starting the Creative Writing MFA program, I am more focused on outlining my work to make sure that I’ve hit all the major elements of a story arc. It is so exciting and immensely less devastating when I can look at an outline and have hope in where the story is going.
5. Describe your writing style in one sentence.
It is hilariously scary.
Five Questions, by Nicole L. Drayton. Nicole is a writer, screenwriter and independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from The New School, and currently works for the university in the MFA Creative Writing office.