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.



A question for Erik Goldsmith

Q: How do pets/children/significant others help/hinder your process?

A: It’s a routine. I’ll be in the middle of writing, they bother me with love, I huff, then feel guilty for feeling bothered, analyze my own priorities in life, stop writing and give them my attention anyway. This process, as I get older, while still there, is becoming less and less verbalized in my house. It’s healthy. And honestly, without them, I don’t think my life experiences would be rich enough to create anything worthwhile at all.


Erik Goldsmith’s story “Sharpington’s Coffers – Current Score 49.8” was
published on Friday, 8 December 2017.
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A question for Ryan Fitzpatrick

Q: What would your animal totem be?

A: Totem
noun
a natural object or animal believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance and adopted by it as an emblem.
(Thanks, the Oxford English Dictionary Online!)

I’m not sure about spiritual significance, but I can tell you that I have a bit of a thing about sloths. Three-toed or two-toed, brown-throated or pale-throated, I love ‘em all, and if you read my short piece “The Cure for Cancer”, you’ll notice that the slow-moving, moss-covered bradypus makes an appearance right there amongst the foliage, brushing up against the eponymous mushroom itself.

A couple of years ago, when I released my first few solo pieces of music into the world (spoiler: I’m not very good), I chose a cartoon picture of a sloth as the track’s ‘album art’. When I should be writing but I begin to doodle instead, it’s a sloth I draw. And, when I worked in Peru, for a few short minutes I was elated to finally see one in the flesh; a disappointingly shapeless brown blob at the top of a distant tree.

Oh well.

I don’t know what it is about them. I love animals in general, and can barely fall asleep without the soothing tones of a nature documentary somewhere in the background. Learning about the natural world is bad ass, and I suppose I could have chosen any animal to rub up against the cure for cancer in my story. But I didn’t.

I chose a sloth. And maybe that’s enough to make it my totem.


Ryan Fitzpatrick’s story “The Cure for Cancer” was published on Friday, 1 December 2017.
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A question for Melissa Kojima

Q: What was your favorite children’s book?

A: Do I only get to choose one? That is hard, if only one. When I was a kid, I read all the fairytale books in my library. I couldn’t get enough of them. I also loved “The Boxcar Children”. I think I could relate because I grew up with 3 brothers and 1 sister and I wished we could go on adventures like them. Of course, I loved Maurice Sendak and Edward Gorey too. Their illustrations were just too amazing not to spend hours gazing at them.


Melissa Kojima‘s image “Magic in the Wytchen Woods” is the cover art for our December 2017 stories.Metaphorosis

A question for Mariah Montoya

Q: Do you read more fantasy or SF (hard or soft)?

A: While SF is something I’d love to delve into, I definitely read more fantasy. My high school math teacher once told the class that he loves calculus because you can find real answers by using non-real numbers. Well, I think fantasy is like that too: we find truths within non-truths, and reality within magic.


Mariah Montoya’s story “The Wife of Fabian Vitalik” was published on Friday, 24 November 2017.
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A question for Joachim Heijndermans

Q: What’s your favorite type of pie?

A: My favorite would be ‘appel taart’, or apple pie. While we don’t really call it a pie in Dutch (‘taart’ can also apply to cake, and while ‘vlaai’ is closer to a pie, this certainly doesn’t fall under it), I am very fond of our apple pie. Though don’t confuse it with ‘Dutch Apple Pie’, because trust me, it is nothing like that.


Joachim Heijndermans’s story “My Book Report on Starlight” was published on Friday, 17 November 2017.
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Another question for Gerald Warfield

Q: What’s a typical writing day like for you?

A: I work late, very late. Somehow, my life gets going in the course of the day, and I don’t usually start writing until the afternoon. It may be something to do with being old. A day is like a reflection of my life. I seem to be most productive at the end.


Gerald Warfield’s story The Number of the Tribe” was published on Friday, 10 November 2017.
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