Phil Berry is a London-based doctor, medical ethics blogger, aspiring novelist, and regular short story writer.
Luke Spooner currently lives and works in the South of England. Having graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class degree he is now a full-time illustrator working under two aliases; ‘Carrion House’ for his darker work and ‘Hoodwink House’ for his work aimed at a younger audience. He believes that the job of putting someone else’s words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a massive responsibility as well as being something he truly treasures.
Luke Spooner’s image “Leaves and Butterflies” is the cover art for our June 2016 stories.
Q: Can beautiful things be funny?
A: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So too is humour. I can’t think of any reason why those eyes shouldn’t cross.
Vanessa Fogg dreams of selkies, dragons, and gritty cyberpunk futures from her home in western Michigan. She spent years as a research scientist in molecular cell biology, and now works as a freelance medical writer. She drinks copious amounts of green tea.
Q: When do you decide a story is finished?
A: I’ll admit that I’m drawn to writing that is (or seems) fragmentary, so I might be in a bad position to identify when a story is finished.
But that’s not a real answer, so here’s another attempt: I know I’m approaching the finish of a story when certain recurring motifs begin to feel less like flourishes, and more like they are essential to the structural integrity of the whole story.
Dan Micklethwaite lives about forty minutes away from so-called Brontë Country, in West Yorkshire, UK, and whilst secretly hoping for a region to be likewise renamed after him in the future, he doesn’t really fancy his chances. He consoles himself with fine books and good food, and the occasional bottle of single malt scotch.