Q: Do you write with a particular audience in mind?
A: I often write with myself as the intended audience. There are a lot of things that I enjoy seeing in stories, and when I write, I try to hit all of those notes. I try to include people like me—queer folks, gender minority folks, disabled folks; themes and subjects I care about; and evoke images that matter to me, or appeal to my sense of aesthetics.
I do write with the intent of sharing my work, but it matters to me that I, at the very least, start with a base that is true, first and foremost, to what I want in a story.
Mads Alvey’s story “Upon the Fallen Leaves of the Gingko Tree” was
published on Friday, 10 August 2018.
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