A question for Mari Ness

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.


Mari Ness’s story “Cat Play” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 January 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

A question for Joshua Phillip Johnson

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.


Joshua Phillip Johnson’s story “The Demon in the Page” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 1 January 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.