Jewel/Gem Offering – Emily McIntyre
The Seer at Sunset Hills Shopping Plaza – Katherine Perdue
Emeralds or Amethysts – Alexandra Grunberg
Rowboats: a cautionary tale of linguistics – Filip Wiltgren
Q: Are titles easy or hard for you? Do you start with the title or the story?
A: I hate writing titles, primarily because I am just terrible at it. It’s always the very last part of the process for me. I can’t even imagine the idea of starting with a title and writing a story, although I realize others do just this.
Rhoads has written stories across the entire spectrum of speculative fiction, from light fantasy to the most decrepit tales of horror to quirky sci-fi. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife and son.
Q: What hero (of any gender) would you name your child after, if we lived in a society with names like that?
A: Princess Eilonwy! As a boy, I would sit in the corner of my hometown’s public library in the summer and read and reread the Prydain Chronicles, always wishing I could be as brave and creative and self-knowing as Princess Eilonwy of Llyr.
Mari Ness spent much of her life wandering the world and reading. This, naturally, left her only able to eat chocolate, snark about popular culture, and occasionally write. She lives in central Florida, with a scraggly rose garden, large trees harboring demented squirrels, and two adorable cats.