A question for Jess Koch

Q: Why do you write speculative rather than realistic fiction?

A: Speculative fiction work can, and often does, examine the same questions that realistic fiction poses but it’s allowed to find answers in ways that are unbound by the limitations of reality. I find that to be quite creatively freeing. And while I love and appreciate all genres of writing, I’ve found my home in the strange and liminal world of speculative fiction.


Jess Koch’s story “Fur and Feathers
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 November 2019.
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A question for Lisa Fox

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

A: It’s funny, although animals (particularly dogs) have always played a huge role in my life, I usually don’t include them in my work. That’s not to say I won’t do so in the future.

Aside from “A Time For Understanding,” I did write (and was fortunate enough to publish) a flash fiction piece – political satire – about a healthcare system that proposed using dogs as doulas to save costs on childbirth for the uninsured. It’s a crazy and bizarre story; the comfort my yellow lab (my real-life Cody) provided me during my two pregnancies – especially when I was on bed rest with my first – was an inspiration. And back in high school, I wrote a short story about how it felt to say goodbye to our 17 year-old poodle. It was riddled with teen angst but the sentiment was certainly there – it was a story I needed to write at the time.

I think animals serve so many different roles for us in life and I am personally convinced that that “one special dog” is the one waiting, tail wagging, to bring us to the other side when we pass on. Maybe I should write more about animals…


Lisa Fox’s story “A Time for Understanding
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 November 2019.
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A question for Christine Lucas

Q:  What’s your favorite non-SFF book?

A: The Mirror Crack’d by Agatha Christie. I first read it when I was about twelve years old–a cheap, tattered paperback I found in a cardboard box in storage. Despite its problems reflecting the era it was written in, to me it was a revelation: women, in their old age, didn’t have to sit around knitting socks and doing housework (unless they wanted to); they could solve mysteries, or even write stories.


Christine Lucas’s story “Via Dolorosa
in Metaphorosis Friday, 8 November 2019.
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A question for Jack Neel Waddell

Q: What would your animal totem be?

A: Do you choose your totem, or does it choose you? I suspect the latter, in which case the answer is a raccoon. I have unintentionally shared too many a backwoods meal with these little beasts to say any different. I am defeated; they are smarter than me. I will aspire to their cunning, and when I one day pass beyond the veil, perhaps they will allow me to join them as the least of their number.


Jack Neel Waddell’s story “Rooks on Sundays
in Metaphorosis Friday, 1 November 2019.
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A question for Yume Kitasei

Q: Where do you write?

A: Where I write is really a factor of when I write. My job can keep me busy, so I have to seize the fifteen to thirty-minute chunks whenever I can. In fact, I get some of my best writing done on the subway standing up, wedged between one person’s pointy elbow and another ’s backpack (oof, dude), tap-tapping away with two thumbs. I’ll start in the early morning on my laptop on a small green table in my bedroom while eating breakfast, email my work in progress to myself so I can continue on my phone on the way to work, and then end my day sprawled on the living room couch to finish it out for the night.

So short answer: everywhere, anywhen.


Yume Kitasei’s story “Super
in Metaphorosis Friday, 25 October 2019.
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A question for Lisa Short

Q: What is your favorite story?

A: My favorite stories have always been of the “hero who overcomes childhood/adolescent adversity because they’re so smart and hard-working” variety—with the caveat that it isn’t presented as some kind of paean to capitalism and/or Social Darwinism. My very favorites are ones where the hero is (a) a heroine and (b) the adversity doesn’t consist solely or even mostly of sexual trauma (because that has been done to death).


Lisa Short’s story “The Season of Withering
in Metaphorosis Friday, 18 October 2019.
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