Shine – Amelia Aldred

Joanne balanced a third jar of pickles on her arm as she peered into another of Grammy’s cupboards. Once again, she saw endless rows of canned goods but not a drop of liquor or a recipe card. “Damnit Grammy, where’d you keep it?” she said, then flushed with guilt. This is your fault; Joanne berated herself as she re-arranged the pickles exactly as she had found them. You could’ve asked Grammy a dozen times about …

A question for Amelia Aldred

Q: What other writers inspire you?

A: Recently, I’ve been inspired by the nonfiction writing of Isabel Wilkerson and Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Wilkerson blends impeccable research with vibrant storytelling and I admire Coates’ commitment to delving into difficult questions.  When I read his articles, he reminds me to focus on the messy truth over snappy soundbites in my writing.

In fiction, I’ve been reading a lot of James Baldwin this year and his language and characters blow me away.  He writes about human beings’ fallibility with such compassion and insight.  He’s one of those writers from which I read a line and then stop and sit with the line because it’s that beautiful.

In speculative fiction, I really like Catherynne M. Valente’s use of language, I love N. K. Jemisin’s world-building, and I love Mary Robinette Kowal’s character relationships and character arcs.

On a professional level my mother, Carrie Newcomer, is a songwriter and I learned the basics of what is means to be a working artist from her: work hard, be collegial, and never stop growing.  On the same note, my friend and fellow Hoosier Michael R. Underwood is one of the hardest working people I know and I’ve watched him grow with every novel.  His passion for stories and the writing community has inspired me to keep writing through the ups and downs of life and I look forward to whatever he writes next.


Amelia Aldred’s story “Shine” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Amelia Aldred

Amelia Aldred was raised by a folksinger and lawyer in southern Indiana, leaving her with incurable sincerity and fantastic fact-checking skills.  She lives in Chicago, IL with her folklorist husband and two long-suffering houseplants.

www.ameliaaldred.com


Amelia Aldred’s story “Shine” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.