A question for Josh Taylor

Q: What other writers inspire you?

A: This is a hard question to answer concisely! There are many writers I enjoy, and many writers that inspire me in writing and other ways. So I’ll pick two that I don’t think are mainstream now in speculative fiction.

I like reading about infrastructure, and my favorite such book is The Big Necessity by Rose George—unfashionable topic, new stuff in every chapter instead of variations of one main idea, a real balance of skepticism and optimism, and humor that’s funny but respectful. And unlike most nonfiction books, I can still remember some of what it was about.

In fiction, I recently read Seize the Day and Herzog by Saul Bellow. I always assumed that he’d be too hard to read to enjoy, when in fact he’s right on the line. It’s an effort, for me, and not a lot happens, but he is so funny. Herzog brought the phrase ‘ludicrous shmegeggy’ into American literature. I didn’t know it was possible to take apart a characters to such a degree, and without ever dropping long, twisty sentences that take multiple readings just to parse.

Josh Taylor’s story “The Offshore
in Metaphorosis Friday, 26 July 2019.
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A question for Andrew Knighton

Q: Are you an outline or discovery writer?

A: I’m very much an outline writer. I like to think through where the story and the character are going before I get started. I might make changes along the way, but I find that structure is vital in freeing up my brain to focus on the words.

Andrew Knighton’s story “Communication Breakdown
in Metaphorosis Friday, 19 July 2019.
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A question for Thea Boodhoo

Q: Have you ever consciously written a ‘message’ story? Was it easier or harder than usual?

A: The most popular thing I’ve written to date is called “Open letter to the tech bro who spat at me, from that pigeon eating a noodle on Market Street.” I wrote it after seeing a man spit at a pigeon. It took me forty-five minutes and was fueled by pure rage. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to write something like that again. The message was: don’t be a dick to pigeons.

Thea Boodhoo’s story “A Layer Thin As Breath
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 July 2019.
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A question for Michael Sherrin

Q: What do you think is the single most important quality for a good writer to possess? A: I think the single most important quality for a good writer is curiosity. Curiosity, whether it’s in history, science, psychology, or some other arena, leads to fresh ideas that can be become a captivating story. Being curious compels the writer to ask more questions: Why does this happen? How does this work? What would it be like …

A 5th question for L’Erin Ogle

Q: What is your favorite word?

A: There are so many. I’m a particular fan of ‘lasterday’ invented by my 5 year old instead of yesterday. Technically, she’s right. But I love words that roll off the tongue, such as melancholy, soliloquy, lascivious, lucious, and my favorite 4 letter word, starts with F.

To pick one?


L’Erin Ogle’s story “The Girls Who Come Back Are Made of Metal and Glass
in Metaphorosis Friday, 28 June 2019.
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