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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. What’s your best quality?

A. Kindness.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Kindness, honesty, and a sense of humor

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. No one in history, but among fictional heroes: Jim Dixon from Lucky Jim (my favorite novel)

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I can be moody.

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