Mary Aalgaard, nice to have you today.
Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was born in Ada, Minnesota, and now live in central Minnesota in the Brainerd lakes area.
Really…nice. Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.” Once jilted, twice shy. She was left at the alter, literally, and is still wearing her wedding dress. The wedding feast, including the rock hard wedding cake and decaying food, remain on the table where they were set. She refuses to let anyone make any changes in her life. She has full control over her home, her body, and her finances. She’s powerful and resourceful, and yet has a charitable soul and a soft spot for Pip. I would like to have tea with her.
She sounds awesome.What one person from history would you like to meet and why?
Harriet Beecher Stowe. She wrote a powerful story that changed people’s views and called them to action. She was a mother, a writer, and an activist. I’d also like to have tea with her.
Wow, very nice. If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
I would like to see less money spent in military and weapons and more put towards world hunger and taking care of each other. I know it’s naive to write, but I would eliminate borders.
How interesting…I like it. Who inspires your writing?
I have been inspired by many great writers, artists and musicians. Louisa May Alcott, Maya Angelou, Lorna Landvik, Lisa Genova, and J.H. Moncrieff to name a few.
Those are great people to count at your side. What is the name of your book?
My short story “One More Minute” is in the Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime anthology.
How wonderful. What genre is it?
Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like?
Yes, but not so much “as if it wasn’t yours.” It was a thrill to see it in print alongside all the other great stories in this anthology!
Where can we find your book?
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