Charity Shumway

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Charity Shumway received an MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University and a BA in English from Harvard University. After graduate school, she spent nine months reporting on the 50th anniversary of Glamour’s "Top Ten College Women" contest. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, Fitness, and Garden Design, and her short fiction has been honored by Glimmer Train and Slice magazine, among others. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York.

Photograph by Stacy Young

Charity Shumway

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Charity Shumway received an MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University and a BA in English from Harvard University. After graduate school, she spent nine months reporting on the 50th anniversary of Glamour’s "Top Ten College Women" contest. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, Fitness, and Garden Design, and her short fiction has been honored by Glimmer Train and Slice magazine, among others. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York.

Photograph by Stacy Young

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Behind the Book: Ten Girls To Watch

Charity Shumway talks about her debut novel, Ten Girls To Watch.

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Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Maybe not my biggest but certainly my most frequent is a terror related to inadequate computer backup. I live in fear of losing work.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. At one point I had to go through my manuscript and cut out the word "lovely." I think I'd used it like 133 times or something outrageous like that. What can I say, there are a lot of lovely things in this world.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Ice cream. I come from a long line of ice cream lovers. My grandmother, in her 80s, pretty much gave up on other foods. Her fudge ripple arguments were very persuasive.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Talent, or superpower? I'd like the power of transport -- click my heels and I'm there. More realistically, I wish I had more of a talent for zingers and impressions. Sadly, the only accent I can do is mine.

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