A question for J.C. Pillard

Q: Why do you write speculative rather than realistic fiction?

A: The honest answer is that the ideas I have for stories are nearly all fantastical in nature. I have tried, on occasion, to write realistic fiction, but a speculative element always manages to appear regardless of my intent. In fact, I joke with my friends that I don’t write anything that doesn’t have a dragon in it—whether real or metaphorical. I find speculative fiction a more liberating place to explore thoughts and ideas, often because I can make abstract concepts more concrete. Beyond that, I spend enough time living in reality as it is: I’m happy to imagine myself in distant lands populated by the beautiful and strange whenever I can.


J.C. Pillard’s story “The Tick of the Clock
in Metaphorosis Friday, 8 October 2021.
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About J.C. Pillard

J.C. Pillard’s parents read her The Hobbit when she was six, and she was hooked on fantasy from that point on. When she’s not reading or writing speculative fiction, J.C. spends time knitting and running far too many D&D games. She lives at the foot of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and their sweet dog.

www.jcpillard.com, @JCPillard


J.C. Pillard’s story “The Tick of the Clock
in Metaphorosis Friday, 8 October 2021.
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