Contributor Q+A with Alexandra LeBaron

Alexandra LeBaron is a writer and an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago. She received an honorary mention for the 2017 NSPA Multimedia Story of the Year. Her work has previously appeared in 805 Lit + Art magazine and The Phillipian, among others. Her short story Gima can be found in Sundog Lit, Issue 17 and you can find her on Instagram as @alexandralebaron.

Tell us a little about your writing process (from the first word to the last edit).
I never use outlines and don’t necessarily write in chronological order. I just put down whatever comes to my mind, and then I go back and fill in later.

What is something you’re fascinated with at the moment?
The British royal family, since I just started watching The Crown.

Describe the last thing you read in five words.
Leviathan, for a class.

Is there a place that has inspired your writing? If so, where is it and what about it made for good material?
When I was in Italy, it inspired me to write a short story involving the Amalfi Coast. It was a beautiful place, and also a relaxing vacation with lots of time to write!

Coffee, tea, or neither?

Physical books or e-books?
Physical. I love using books to escape from screens, and flipping through the pages makes the story more engrossing.

What are you working on now?
A non-fiction piece about a loss of innocence.

Any recommendations for readers, i.e. books, movies, television, art, anything under the sun?
Je Suis Nue, a French short film, and Bluets by Maggie Nelson.