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Shelley Costa

Shelley Costa’s stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Presents 13 Tales of New American Gothic, The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for an Edgar Award in the Best Short Story category, and she chaired the Best Paperback Original category for the 2011 Edgar Awards. She is the author of The Everything Guide to Edgar Allan Poe, and she has lectured on Poe at various events. She has a PhD in English and is on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she teaches fiction writing and screenwriting. A former New Yorker, she lives in a Cleveland suburb.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Beware of mottoes and maxims

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

A. Being able to play double bass

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Lily Rowan out of the Nero Wolfe series, but only for a couple of weeks, just long enough to go dancing with Archie

Q. What do you regret most?

A. My rocky first year of college -- I wasted time, money, and opportunities.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Good for you!

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