Another question for Evan Marcroft

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?

A: If I could have any one super power, I would want the ability to experience alternate realities at will. While I do love being a writer, I often find myself wondering at all the opportunities I passed up to pursue that life. The world is full of more people than I will ever be able to meet. There are too many things for me to possibly do in just a hundred or so years. I wouldn’t necessarily want the power to fulfill any dream I might have, but rather the ability to pursue any dream I cared to, with all the ups and downs that chase would entail. The best part of any journey is going there, after all. Plus, I might uncover an alternate reality where I have other superpowers too, so really there’s no downside to this.

Evan Marcroft’s story “The Color of My Home is Red Like an Apple
in Metaphorosis Friday, 29 March 2019.
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A question for Vaya Pseftaki

Q: If you could have a meal with a character from any classic novel, whom would you choose?

A: I would gladly take Basil Hallward, the painter from The Picture of Dorian Gray, out to dinner. Though overshadowed by the dashing Dorian, he is the most tragic figure in the book; his unrequited love morphs into a literal window to hell. To top it all, he ends up being murdered. The check would definitely be on me, along with plenty of shots.

Vaya Pseftaki’s story “The Noise Inside
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 March 2019.
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A question for Carolyn Lenz

Q: Do you use music for inspiration? If so what do you listen to?

A: I use music in two ways when I write. The most basic is less inspiration and more motivation. I’ll often listen to video game music during the actual act of writing, since lyrics distract me and video game music is designed to get you in a groove and keep you moving.

The other way I use music is to help clarify characters. If I’m having trouble expressing a character’s perspective or motivation, I’ll try to think of what their personal theme song would be. I find you can have a very clear image of who a character is in your head without necessarily having the words to describe it, and music and the feelings evoked by it can really help to bridge that gap.

Carolyn Lenz’s story “Pleasing the Giants
in Metaphorosis Friday, 1 March 2019.
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An additional question for L’Erin Ogle

Q: What is the scariest or most disturbing story you’ve ever read?

A: I read a short story by Sunny Moraine in Shimmer titled “Come MyLove and I’ll Tell You a Tale.” It’s narrated by someone grieving the end of the world and their lover. What shook me to the core was the beautiful prose describing the life before, then shifting to the events that ended the world as it was known, to the narrator now. I won’t ruin the story for anyone, but the way the narrator was forced to adapt, the things that had to be done to survive, and the knowledge of before and after, the splitting of thesoul, never quite left my head or my heart.

And for a novel, Mark Z Danielewski’s House of Leaves broke my heart, turned me into an insomniac listening for the shift of a house at night, and wrote about regret, heartbreak, loss, and an evil that wasn’t defeated. There is a page where the words “I’m sorry” are written spiraling out of control, into an event, that I will never forget. It’s an experience, to read that book. It never left me either.

L’Erin Ogle’s story “Mean Streak
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 February 2019.
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A question for Catherine George

Q: What would your characters say about you?

A: I like to think that Sara, the bear wife, would want to be part of my parent friend group, but I suspect she would tease me for my city-bred ways and middling outdoor survival skills. (Like Aaron, her husband, I enjoy trail running, but unlike him I’ve never seen a grizzly while running – just black bears.) She would probably also note that I’m really, really bad at yoga, whether with a baby or without.

Catherine George’s story “The Bear Wife
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 February 2019.
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