Kato Thompson lives in Maryland where she writes and takes pictures of interesting things. She has a background in microbiology and life sciences. When she isn’t taking care of children or writing or taking pictures, she is learning about the art of winemaking at her family’s vineyard. She shares her work at www.katothompson.com.
Q: Do you have any pets? Do they influence your writing?
A: I have two dogs, Krypto and Jubilee. They are named after super heroes. They absolutely influence my writing. For one thing, they don’t give two shits about it, and this helps enormously, especially on bad days, when I think my work sucks beyond belief. My dogs always remind me that life is not about achievement, and that beauty and love can be found everywhere, even in old tennis balls and saggy bags of dog food. I like making their tails thump on the floor after I’ve been wrestling with metaphors. I substitute their names and the word “puppy” in poems and song lyrics. It always makes me feel better. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s puppy? Thou art my Krypto and my Jubilee.” They wag their tails and I feel like a genius.
K.G. Anderson is a Seattle-based journalist, arts reviewer, humor columnist, and technology writer. She worked on the launch of Apple’s iTunes Music Store, wrote a book about the iPhone, and served as president of the board of Northwest Folklife. She shares a house full of books and cats with bookseller Tom Whitmore and lives for the warm summer months and gardening.
Q: Does a nameless horse make you more or less nervous than a named horse?
A: All horses have names, even if those names are not known to humans.
Elise Forier Edie is a playwright and author. She lives in Southern California and writes mostly about monsters. She teaches writing and theater arts at West Los Angeles College. She is a proud graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. You can visit her at her website:
Q: What’s an idea you’re dying to write but haven’t, and why?
A: I have a deep fascination with ancient history and the myths and stories which have been passed down in some cultures for hundreds and even thousands of years. I’ve always wanted to write a fantasy story set in ancient times and draw inspiration from these literary fossils. Maybe the Chimera laid an egg before she was slain by Bellerophon. Maybe the children of Anubis could shapeshift into dogs. I think the reason I’ve never fleshed out any of these ideas is that writing in a time period which happened so long ago feels much more difficult than writing in the one you are experiencing for yourself or in a world of your own creation where you get to make up the rules. It sounds like a fun challenge though!