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Imprint

by Sarah Swandell
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Sarah Swandell is a writer, pastor, and songwriter in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in The Christian Century, devo’zine, and Dime Show Review. Find her album at sarahswandell.com.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Imprint”?

  • Many of the facts are from The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead.
  • When Lysol was advertised as a douche, “feminine hygiene” was code for “contraception,” and “germs” = “sperm.”
  • Imprint” is the first fiction I’ve written in two decades. Then again, it has a lot of autobiographical elements — I was just too afraid to tell the truest story.
  • I decided to make “Imprint” dark and weird, because as I read the Journal’s pieces, I thought they were all dark and weird.
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