A question for Elizabeth Rankin

Q: Do you live near where you were born? Have you traveled much? A: I actually live right down the road from the hospital where I was born! Not on purpose. I left the area for about 10 years, and didn’t intend to come back, but fate (a.k.a. the need for a job) intervened. I enjoy traveling and have been to Europe a few times, as well as Mexico and Canada. One of my life …

Another question for Karl El-Koura

Q: What is your favorite word?

A: The word that immediately comes to mind is “onomatopoeia”. Boom! (When I first learned the word in high school, I thought it was the neatest thing—the way it looked, the way it sounded, even that there was a word to describe words that sound like themselves. Its only drawback is I always have to look up how to spell it.)

Karl El-Koura’s story “Her Last Will
in Metaphorosis Friday, 16 September 2022.
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A question for Mande Matthews

Q: What’s your favorite type of pie?

A: I believe all pies are created with equal favorability. That said, I try to stick to a low fat, whole food plant-based, low glycemic diet and have yet to find the perfect pie recipe that fits those criteria. If anyone knows of one, I’d be forever grateful if you’d share it.

Mande Matthews’s story “For the Love of Wild Things
in Metaphorosis Friday, 9 September 2022.
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A question for Hope Davies

Q: How do you generate story ideas, and how soon do you act on them?

A: My stories tend to come from things that have intrigued or bothered me — things I want to explore my own perspectives on, clarified by the lense of, usually, speculative fiction. When I get an idea, I tend to act on it fairly quickly, even if acting on it just means jotting down a sentence or a paragraph in a google doc. It tends to take much longer to work itself into an actual story though, and those early notes rarely bear much of a resemblance to the idea I end up committing to.

Hope Davies’s story “Frozen in Glass
in Metaphorosis Friday, 26 August 2022.
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A question for Mia Ram

Q: What hero (of any gender) would you name your child after, if we lived in a society with names like that?

A: Moon Knight. It’s a name that commands attention, both from peers and from ancient Egyptian gods. Moon Knight is a great namesake because he’s a hero whose identity is in perpetual flux. He becomes whatever he needs to be in the moment, and that’s the kind of philosophy I’d like to impart to the next generation. Fancy gadgets and super strength are all well and good, but true power is the power to adapt and change.

Mia Ram’s story “The Crystal Pyramid
in Metaphorosis Friday, 19 August 2022.
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A question for Ian Donnell Arbuckle

Q: What’s easier for you — imagining a happier world, or a darker one?

A: It’s much easier for me to imagine a darker world. I think that’s for a couple of reasons. For one, I have depression and anxiety and my brain is somewhat predisposed to see the negatives in things. But it’s also more interesting for me, as a writer, to imagine dark worlds because their conflicts provide the necessary soil to nourish a story. I suppose a happy world isn’t necessarily free of conflict, but I’ll confess that my ideal has less of it. So, imagining a darker world is easier, but when it comes to putting in the work, I’ll gladly make the effort to bring about a happier one.

Ian Donnell Arbuckle’s story “The Hissing Trees
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 August 2022.
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