Another question for Hamilton Perez

Q: What’s your favorite story?

A: I really love stories about reluctant friendship, where two enemies are forced to work together and over time they begrudgingly start to care. Begrudgement isn’t appreciated enough in modern friendships.


Hamilton Perez’s story “Bye Bye Skinny Cow” was
published on Friday, 6 April 2018.

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A question for K. D. Azariah-Kribbs

Q: What book or books inspired you as a child?

A: There are images in my mind, vague recollections of scenes and settings and disjointed plot fragments really, that I have carried along for as far as my memory goes back. I’m sure that most of them come from traditional fairy stories, Grimm’s brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, Appalachian folk tales, and who knows what else. These images seem to be the foundation that underlies everything I write, and I can’t even dredge up a recollection of where I got them. I wish I could, for I would love to go back and read them again, but I suspect that what they were wouldn’t bear much resemblance to what they have become.


K. D. Azariah-Kribbs ’s story “The Three Sisters” was
published on Friday, 30 March 2018.

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A question for Lisa Clark

Q: What five words describe you?

A: creative, organized, quiet, purposeful, and thoughtful


Lisa Clark’s story “Switch” was
published on Friday, 23 March 2018.

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A question for Beston Barnett

Q: Are titles easy or hard for you? Do you start with the title or the story?

A: Titles are the best! Really, coming up with titles is like coming up with band names: it’s pure id. I usually do it after the fact, with an eye to seeing the title in a list of other titles. Something to stand out, but without, I hope, being too obnoxious.

Chapter titles are even better. When I was revising my (unpublished) novel, A Catalog of Devils, I suddenly realized that I could give the 40 or so chapters titles. I went through each chapter, looking for my favorite phrase or word and used that. It was like bringing all the best, trickiest bits of my writing to the forefront. It sounds absurd, but out of the year and a half I spent on the novel, that two hours of titling chapters was the emotional highpoint.


Beston Barnett’s story “Velaya, the Dreaming City” was
published on Friday, 16 March 2018.

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A question for Dimitra Nikolaidou

Q: Are you a Luddite? Or do you have the latest and greatest technology?

A: Not a Luddite at all; I love technology, and recognize it as a major factor in many positive social changes I am now benefiting from. Having said that, I need to step away from my screens more often, before I fuse with them.


Dimitra Nikolaidou’s story “Any Old Disease” was
published on Friday, 9 March 2018.

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A question for Luke Elliott

Q: What do you think is the single most important quality for a good writer to possess?

A: Persistence. There will be days you want to quit. There will be months where you feel like all you are doing is banging your head against the keyboard and producing nothing remotely readable. You will get rejections. Oh, so many rejections. Saying “persistence” might be trite, but as long as you continue to learn and grow, it’s the path to success.


Luke Elliott’s story “Always Dawn to Forever Night” was
published on Friday, 2 March 2018.

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