Chasing the Light – Gloria Wickman

Markus stood on the rocky hill in front of his house, neck aching as he craned it toward the sky. He’d been waiting for hours. He’d snuck early out of bed, slinking his way through the house and slipping outside into the muggy morning air. He’d climbed the hill, using his hands to steady himself as the ground slipped and slid beneath him, until he reached the highest point in the village. When the light …

A question for Gloria Wickman

Q: Do you often include children in your stories? What role do they play?

A: I haven’t included many children in my stories, but when I have it’s usually been to illustrate an episode early in a character’s life. I don’t think of writing children any differently than any other characters, so they could play any role depending on the context of the story.

What’s most important to me when writing is that every character, even minor ones, has a sense of agency in their actions so I’m always wary of stories that treat children more like talking props or symbols of innocence rather than fleshed out individuals.


Gloria Wickman’s story “Chasing the Light” was
published on Friday, 25 May 2018.

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About Gloria Wickman

Gloria Wickman is a speculative fiction and comics writer currently residing in Wyoming. She has a B.A. in anthropology and has always been fascinated with the roles language and culture serve in behavior. When she’s not writing, she’s usually studying Korean or spending time at the park.

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Gloria Wickman’s story “Chasing the Light” was
published on Friday, 25 May 2018.

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