It came from Joshua Phillip Johnson

Joshua Phillip Johnson’s story “The Demon in the Page” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 1 January 2016. The idea for “The Demon in the Page” showed up at the most inopportune time. My graduate program in English-Literature required me to pass a foreign language translation exam; it consisted of a relatively short passage in your chosen language (German for me), a bilingual dictionary, and a time limit (an hour or so, I think). To…

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A question for Jeanette Gonzalez

Q: How often do you think about writing during a day?

A: Depends on what I’m working on at the time. If I’m in the middle of a novel, I’m thinking about the story almost all day long, from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep. Not constantly, but on and off through the day between writing sessions. The more often I can sustain the dream or trance, the faster I pick up where I left off when I sit down at the computer again. It’s far easier to finish a novel in a month this way, or three months for the longer works. If I’m between novels or short stories, I still think about writing, just not as often. I’m likely to become lost in a “what if” or a story fragment as waking dream while driving or cleaning. Long commutes are the best for coming up with new ideas or working out problems in a story.


Jeanette Gonzalez’s story “Serenity” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 July 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

A question for Jarod K. Anderson

Q: Do you often include animals in your stories? What role do they play?

A: I hadn’t really noticed before, but yes I often do include animals in my stories. I suppose animals have always been a big part of my life, so it makes sense that they have found their way into my fiction. As for the role they play in my writing, I think having characters interact with animals (positively or negatively) is fertile ground for character building. Harming or helping an animal in a narrative carries serious emotional weight. Beyond that, I’m interested in themes relating to human beings’ interaction with and/or separation from the natural world. I think I’m often aiming for the animals in my writing to be emblematic of a broader sense of nature.


Jarod K. Anderson’s story “My Dog is the Constellation Canis Major” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 July 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Jeanette Gonzalez

Jeanette Gonzalez lives on a mountain top surrounded in redwoods and sea air from a not-so-distant California coast. She shares her home with her husband, three children, and a slew of imaginary people who run her life when it’s not spent raising kids, eating, or sleeping. She studied English Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

www.jeanette-gonzalez.com


Jeanette Gonzalez’s story “Serenity” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 July 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

A question for Ben Bronstein

Q: Where do you do your creative work?

A: Sketching can be done anywhere, except maybe on particularly shaky vehicles. For more polished pieces however, I’m chained to my desk and very reliant on my 27″ iMac and wacom tablet.


Ben Bronstein’s image “Thalassorama” is the cover art for our July 2016 stories.Metaphorosis_2016-07