“Songs From the River” by Susan Lago was in the November Issue. She discusses the story, and herself, in this interview.
1. If you could swim through anything, what would it be and why?
If I could, I would swim through the sea of confusion that seems to besiege me when Iâ€™m confronted by a lot of choices, none of which seem particularly good ones. What would come in handy in this type of situation is an icebreaker, such as the kind used on ships sailing through frozen waters.
2. Do you consider yourself a handyperson?
I am not particularly handy, although I recently fixed my toilet when it wouldnâ€™t stop running.
3. What kind of children do you imagine?
The kinds of children I imagine are the ones that I actually have.
4. What would the insurance rates be like for a house where a river runs through it?
I shudder to imagineâ€¦
5. Where did this story come from?
I came up with the idea for the story because of the air in the pipes used to heat my home. In the winter, it actually sounds like water cascading through my house. Iâ€™ve had the pipes bled (by a plumber because, as Iâ€™ve already revealed, I am not very handy), but the sound always returns by the next winter.
6. How would you react if you found out you were not the father if you could be a father?
I would be the father even if I werenâ€™t sure I was the father. As a mother; however, this is an interesting question to consider.