One question interview
We ask the author a single question, drawn randomly from our database. We present them all here for your reading pleasure. Think of it as an interview of the magazine itself.
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Q: What made you start writing?
A: My pursuit in writing was initially sparked by reading. I loved losing myself to new worlds and ideas and places, but as I grew older, I realized that the books I read didn’t always have what I wanted in them. I didn’t like when the villains were always so evil and the heroes too virtuous, or when endings were too bleak or happy. It was after realizing that I could make whatever story I wanted that I began to write more seriously. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out what I want in a story, which unfortunately, is the much harder part.
Jared Leonard’s story “Undertow” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Q: What other writers inspire you?
A: Recently, I’ve been inspired by the nonfiction writing of Isabel Wilkerson and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Wilkerson blends impeccable research with vibrant storytelling and I admire Coates’ commitment to delving into difficult questions. When I read his articles, he reminds me to focus on the messy truth over snappy soundbites in my writing.
In fiction, I’ve been reading a lot of James Baldwin this year and his language and characters blow me away. He writes about human beings’ fallibility with such compassion and insight. He’s one of those writers from which I read a line and then stop and sit with the line because it’s that beautiful.
In speculative fiction, I really like Catherynne M. Valente’s use of language, I love N. K. Jemisin’s world-building, and I love Mary Robinette Kowal’s character relationships and character arcs.
On a professional level my mother, Carrie Newcomer, is a songwriter and I learned the basics of what is means to be a working artist from her: work hard, be collegial, and never stop growing. On the same note, my friend and fellow Hoosier Michael R. Underwood is one of the hardest working people I know and I’ve watched him grow with every novel. His passion for stories and the writing community has inspired me to keep writing through the ups and downs of life and I look forward to whatever he writes next.
Amelia Aldred’s story “Shine” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Q: What kind of pieces are the most fun to write (action, lyrical, etc.)?
A: I like to write “character” scenes, but that gets me across the borders and into action scenes, lyrical scenes, sitting-and-contemplating scenes, the lot. Any time you’re showing someone active in a story, you’re building up who and what they are, even if it’s only in the smallest way. So (just to tread on my own toes) I probably find action scenes the most fun to write because you’re revealing someone in extremis, and that’s when they can prove your expectations or be the most surprising.
Andrew Leon Hudson’s story “The Hole in the Wall” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Q: What is the first/most recent book that you lost sleep reading/thinking about?
A: Aubrey De Grey’s book Ending Aging – The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime. An amazingly detailed and highly credible book as far as how we would go about reversing the aging proccess; the horrible process that kills 100,000 people every day, and is responsible for untold amount of human suffering in the form of age related ill health & diseases and costing the global economy trillions in healthcare-related costs.
Ekaterinya Vladinakova‘s image “Siruveil” is the cover art for our October 2016 stories.
Q: What is the scariest or most disturbing story you’ve ever read?
A: There are several in the running for most disturbing. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is the first story I remember being seriously disturbed by. Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” and “Revelation” are up there, along with Joy Williams’s “Traveling to Pridesup.” As far as scary, Jeff VanderMeer’s “The Third Bear” plain terrified me–I didn’t have the guts to read the rest of his collection afterwards.
Allison Wall’s story “Flann Brónach and the King’s Champion” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 September 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Q: What five words describe you?
A: Industrious, offbeat, quirky, dedicated, foolish.
Jamie Brindle’s story “Showtime” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 September 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.