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.

Have a question you wish we’d ask? Submit it in the comments, and if we like it, we’ll throw it in the mix.



Another question for Kathryn Yelinek

Q: What’s easier for you – imagining a happier world, or a darker one?

A: If we’re talking about a future for our own world, sadly it’s easier for me to think that this world will get darker, at least in the immediate future. However, if we’re talking about an imaginary story world, then it’s easier for me to imagine a happier one. I write and I read fantasy to experience places unlike the world I inhabit every day. Why not make those happier ones?


Kathryn Yelinek’s story “On the Scales of Dragons” was
published on Friday, 11 May 2018.

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A question for Adan Berkowitz

Q: What is your writing schedule?

A: It depends. For a longer work like a novel, I’ll write every day for at least two hours, otherwise it just never gets done. With short stories, I’m much less disciplined. I’ll get an idea and write in bursts, with no set schedule. This leads to a lot of unfinished stories, sadly.


Adan Berkowitz’s story “Calm Folk, Come Forth” was
published on Friday, 4 May 2018.

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A question for Tim McDaniel

Q: Do you live near where you were born? Have you traveled much?

A: I grew up in the Seattle area, went to university in the Seattle area… pretty boring. But after graduation I applied to join the Peace Corps. They decided to send me to South Yemen (this was before South and North united). But, a couple of weeks before I was scheduled to ship out, I got a call telling me that our visas hadn’t been approved. Should they look for another assignment? Yes! I’d already sold my car, quit my job!

So a few weeks later I was sent to Thailand. After three months of intensive language and culture training, I was sent to a small village in Pichit province, Kampaengdin (“Dirtwall”). My duties were twofold: to teach English at the junior high school there, and to work with local farmers in some way. Well, I enjoyed the teaching, and did my best to see that the village farmers connected with agricultural officials, and even gave them information about raising fish in their rice paddies.

Normally Peace Corps assignments are for two years, but I applied for, and was granted, a third year, so I could work with various local schools on their English curricula. Then, as I was preparing to go home, I was told of a job offer at a university in the northeastern city of Khon Kaen. I went up there to see if it looked interested, and was immediately offered the job.

I loved it, but after a year came back to the U.S. I’d felt something of an imposter, since I only had a B.A. Back in Seattle I got my Master’s in teaching ESL, and then heard that Khon Kaen University wanted me to come back, so I did. Six years later, the Thai economy crashed, so I returned to the U.S.

While living in Thailand I did a little traveling – Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Japan, Taiwan, and Nepal.


Tim McDaniel’s story “Koehl’s Quality Impressions” was
published on Friday, 27 April 2018.

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Another question for Sandi Leibowitz

Q: What’s a genre you’d like to write but don’t or can’t?

A: Interesting question–if I want to do it, I certainly try. I am attempting to write a fantasy novel for children–it’s complete, it’s even second and third drafted, but it’s not ready for prime time yet and I am having to leave it on the back burner for a while till I can grapple with how I do and don’t want to change it. I’ve started a YA novel, about 3/4 through the first draft, and am having trouble with that. And I have many many ideas for other books. So–I am struggling to become a novelist.


Sandi Leibowitz’s story “The Cypress and the Rose” was
published on Friday, 20 April 2018.

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A question for M. C. Tuggle

Q: What kind of non-fiction do you like to read and how does it affect the fiction you write?

A: I enjoy history, especially ancient and American colonial history. Articles on astronomy, evolution, and electronics always grab my attention, and often inspire story ideas.


M. C. Tuggle’s story “Cathedra” was
published on Friday, 13 April 2018.

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Another question for Hamilton Perez

Q: What’s your favorite story?

A: I really love stories about reluctant friendship, where two enemies are forced to work together and over time they begrudgingly start to care. Begrudgement isn’t appreciated enough in modern friendships.


Hamilton Perez’s story “Bye Bye Skinny Cow” was
published on Friday, 6 April 2018.

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