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Interview: SJ Driscoll

Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week's interview is with writer and science editor, SJ Driscoll.

SJ DriscollWhat have you been wonderstruck by recently?

The enormous growth of international communication on the Internet, which in my opinion has revealed two things: people all over the globe are enormously creative, and most people, no matter where they live, need and want liberty.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

The morning. If I wake up early enough, I can daydream in bed for a few minutes, then have my cup of tea on the back steps, overlooking the woods, while I write a page or two.

What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?

I work as a science editor and my job requires deep focus. By mid-afternoon it sometimes becomes hard to maintain that focus. It's a great help to run downstairs to get another cup of tea or step outside for a few minutes to check on my garden or watch the forest out back.

What do you wish you were more conscious of?

Time! I have a habit of shutting everything out while writing or working, to the point that I become unaware of time passing. Recently I've even tried using a quiet alarm every half hour to wake me out of my trance of concentration. Yet I'm constantly on deadline and have little problem being aware of that.

How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?

I'm fortunate because my life has been pared down. Most of what I do, where I live, who I'm with, is truly important to me. And I'm not big on watching TV, which helps!

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SJ Driscoll works as a science editor in Maryland but, thanks to the Internet and a great boss, she lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband, Raphael. Her short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Interzone, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and Daily Science Fiction. Currently she's preparing some of her stories for epublication and working on her fifth novel. Her brief memoir, New York Story, is available on Amazon and Smashwords.



  1. That sounds like a pretty nice life to me, Sally. If I could borrow a cup of that focus I surely would. I'd also love to share a cup of tea on that back porch. :)

  2. It's a nice harbor in a stormy life, Prudence, now with only interludes of storm. You're welcome to share that cup of tea anytime. :)

  3. Sounds like a lovely life and a lovely way to be focused. I live in the midst of the city and while I love it, occasionally, I wish for more privacy and more space. Of course, as soon as I look at the lawn mower, I get over that, but it's a nice thought - for a minute

  4. Lovely interview. Sounds like you have a wonderful life Sally!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. I also rather like the sound of tea on the back porch. Although I'd make it coffee :-)
    Some days I think I need to throw out my TV.


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