5 burning questions with Margery Bayne

Margery Bayne is one of our featured writers at our June 11th reading. Check out our interview with her below.

What is your first memory of writing for fun?

One holiday, probably Christmas or Thanksgiving, I recall sitting on my dad’s lap and dictating a story for him to write down. I believe it was about an elf (think Keibler cookies type elf) who went to a party, ate too much, and got a stomach ache.

How many drafts = done?

Depends completely on the individual story.

What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?

My list of “favorite books” is pretty long. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, which I read in 8th grade, is the book that made me want to be a writer. I always have to give it first credit in my favorite book hall of fame even if it isn’t my current or ultimate favorite.

What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?

Pulling off that moment, that scene, or that line of dialogue that makes you just feel things.

What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?

Isolating a word by itself, I was always partial to “nonchalant.” The way it rolls off the tongue is just fun. The way you be nonchalant but “chalant” isn’t a word. It sounds like itself, with a cool, almost pompous confidence… I myself am never nonchalant. I am the all the antonyms of nonchalant. If “chalant” was a word, that would be me.

Bonus question: What is your favorite shape of the moon?

Crescent. Specifically waning crescent. I had to look up the term, but I knew instantly in my head that shape was my favorite. There is just something aesthetically pleasing and mysterious about a crescent moon.


Margery Bayne is a librarian by day and a writer by night. She enjoys the literary and speculative, and is a published short story author and an aspiring novelist. In 2012, she graduated from Susquehanna University with a BA in Creative Writing and is currently pursuing a Masters of Library Science. She’ll read anything from children’s chapter book to YA graphic novels to mainstream bestsellers as long as it has a good story. In her time not spent reading or writing, she enjoys origami, running, and being an aunt.


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