A question for Allison Brice

Q: Do you write things other than speculative fiction?

A: Absolutely! I love the challenge of writing creative nonfiction; you have to write yourself as a character, with all the harshness and objectivity with which authors view their characters. I also have branched out into non-genre fiction, though in general if it’s not at least a little fantastical I’m not interested. Also, I write critically acclaimed bathroom stall graffiti that has been published in multiple different languages.

Allison Brice’s story “A Death in New York
in Metaphorosis Friday, 20 November 2020.
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A question for Charles Schoenfeld

Q: What’s your writing schedule?

A: I’m about as far removed from a morning person as it’s possible to be. My body would prefer to keep vampire hours, if my day job didn’t require otherwise. So I do most of my writing late into the night, and on weekends.

Charles Schoenfeld’s story “The Preserved City
in Metaphorosis Friday, 13 November 2020.
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A question for James Rumpel

Q: Whence do you draw inspiration for your characters?

A: To be honest, most of my stories begin with a plot and then the characters just show up. I guess I have a vast collection of characters to choose from. Having taught high school for thirty-four years, I’ve worked with thousands of students, parents, and coworkers. Additionally, I have avidly read and watched movies and television most of my life. There are all sorts of people in my mind trying to push their way into my stories.

James Rumpel’s story “Madam Savva’s Magical Emporium
in Metaphorosis Friday, 6 November 2020.
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A question for John Adams

Q: What tools do you write with?

A: I’m fairly basic when it comes to writing tools — I arm myself with a laptop, a frequently broken wireless mouse, and a cat who chews on the laptop cord. I’ve purchased several fancy journals with the sincere intention of writing long-hand, but my hands cramp after a few minutes and I can barely read my own penmanship.

John Adams’s story “Holding
in Metaphorosis Friday, 23 October 2020.
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A question for Amelia Fisher

Q: Do you generally start with mood, title, character, concept…?

A: I’m an ideas-gal. I love to start with a big, weird, capital-C Concept. When I stumble across a world or scenario full of questions and potential, I start looking for the tension point: the moment or location or character that makes the story come alive. Once I have a general idea of what kind of world or situation I want to explore, the first line usually staggers in, fashionably late and slightly inebriated, and the story takes off from there.

Amelia Fisher’s story “Lingua Franca
in Metaphorosis Friday, 16 October 2020.
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A question for Hannah Costelle

Q: What made you start writing?

A: The people I always admired best were storytellers. Novelists, poets, movie directors, comic strip artists. People who took what was going on in their heads and created worlds that sometimes felt more real than the one I lived in. I was always trying to unpuzzle the secrets of these artists’ techniques, trying to figure out how they could make a scene or character so wild and funny and vivid. And eventually, as I learned more about storytelling, I stopped simply admiring the work of others and started inventing for myself. My thoughts went from “Wow! How did they do that?” to “Wow…I could do that.”

Hannah Costelle’s story “Cactus and Lizard
in Metaphorosis Friday, 9 October 2020.
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