We recently published Tayler Karinen’s stunning “Frank Sinatra Didn’t Know What He Was Asking For.”

Here, we ask her two questions about her story:


1) This is such a great love story — going from the first sparkling blush of new love to the heartbreaking end of a relationship. Do you think there would be any way it could work out between the narrator and luck? Or was this relationship doomed from the get-go?

When writing this piece, I felt from the beginning that the relationship would be doomed from the get-go. I wanted to explore the idea of falling in love with the idea of love, companionship, and commitment, rather than being in love with your partner. For the narrator and luck, it was very much that. The idea of wanting to fall in love, wanting commitment and companionship. The narrator knows very little about luck other than what’s on the surface, but is so desperate for love, and is unwilling to let her go. Luck, on the other hand, realizes that she wanted the same companionship, but not with the narrator.


2) At the end, the narrator offers trinkets and gems to luck to convince her to stay, to prove their love. Of course, it doesn’t work. What would be the best gift for luck?

In the end, I don’t think there would be a gift for luck that ever would have convinced her to stay. I think the best gift for luck would have been the narrator accepting the end of the relationship, that it served its purpose for the both of them, but that it was time to let it go.