A question for Gwen Whiting

Q: What is the hardest part of writing for you?

A: The hardest part of writing for me is often knowing when to stop. It’s very easy to get caught up, not only when writing in the world that I’ve created, but also when building the world itself. I enjoy research more than I probably should, and often look around at ideas, events, and people of the past when brainstorming short stories. It interests me to take what was and instead imagine what could have been.


Gwen Whiting’s story “Since We Don’t Have Wings
in Metaphorosis Friday, 3 June 2022.
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About Anna Madden

Anna Madden lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She has an English degree from the University of Missouri—Kansas City. In free time she gardens, mountain bikes, and makes stained glass.

www.annamadden.com, @anna_madden_


Anna Madden’s story “Time, Wolf, Emit, Flow
in Metaphorosis Friday, 10 June 2022.
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It came from Matthew Gomez

Matthew Gomez’s story “Right Behind You” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 12 November 2021. I taught high school English for a number of years, and during that time I wrote a series of lessons based on a story in The Economist called “Fields of Tears.” The article describes the lengths migrant farm workers from Latin America go to in hopes of earning a better life for their families in the United States. Many of …

Another question for Chloe Smith

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

A: I’m a member of the Oregon Trail generationthe people who got the internet at home when they were children or teens, who know the sound of dial-up, might have gotten their first cell phone when they went off to college, and definitely had social media accounts by the time they graduated. As a result, although I remember life before everything was digitally connected, I’ve always had to adapt to evolving technology. I try to be comfortable with new platforms, media, and devices, but I also don’t value any of it for its own sake. Technology is really just a big umbrella term for an expanding set of tools. Like storytelling, the value is in how it’s used.


Chloe Smith’s story “Midnight’s Second Station
in Metaphorosis Friday, 27 May 2022.
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About Gwen Whiting

A lifelong Pacific Northwesterner, Gwen Whiting spends her days working at museums and her evenings scribbling out one story or another. When Gwen isn’t writing or working, she’s spending time with her family, reading a book, or dabbling in activities inspired by whatever project she’s working on. She’s tried everything from belly dance to basket weaving and is currently researching beekeeping.

gwen-whiting.com, @Gwen_Whiting


Gwen Whiting’s story “Since We Don’t Have Wings
in Metaphorosis Friday, 3 June 2022.
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It came from A.J. Cunder

A.J. Cunder’s story “Treedom” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 5 November 2021. The concept for this piece emerged from my own struggles with “fitting in,” and finding acceptance as a member of the gay community. At first, Garold was meant to embody this transformation, while the children were mostly just observers—conduits between Garold and the town. But after a few rounds of edits, I realized (along with Morris) that the true heart of this …