Elise lives in San Diego, California, where she spends most of her time ignoring the perfect weather to scribble down stories indoors. When she’s not writing, she likes to cultivate her ever-growing collection of fancy wood-case pencils, mechanical typewriters, and crumbly old books.
Chris lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, daughter, a herd of dogs, and possibly one goat. He does album art for metal bands and writes short fiction. His debut novel, The Phlebotomist, came out on September 8, 2020, from Angry Robot Books. As a civil trial lawyer, he represents people who have been poisoned by negligent corporations.
Q: Do you write things other than speculative fiction?
A: Absolutely! I love the challenge of writing creative nonfiction; you have to write yourself as a character, with all the harshness and objectivity with which authors view their characters. I also have branched out into non-genre fiction, though in general if it’s not at least a little fantastical I’m not interested. Also, I write critically acclaimed bathroom stall graffiti that has been published in multiple different languages.
Q: What’s your writing schedule?
A: I’m about as far removed from a morning person as it’s possible to be. My body would prefer to keep vampire hours, if my day job didn’t require otherwise. So I do most of my writing late into the night, and on weekends.
Allison Brice was born in the deserts of Tucson, Arizona, but currently resides in Washington, DC. In her day job, she attempts to teach people United States history and mostly fails; at night she writes whatever comes to mind. She has never met a cow she did not like.
Q: Whence do you draw inspiration for your characters?
A: To be honest, most of my stories begin with a plot and then the characters just show up. I guess I have a vast collection of characters to choose from. Having taught high school for thirty-four years, I’ve worked with thousands of students, parents, and coworkers. Additionally, I have avidly read and watched movies and television most of my life. There are all sorts of people in my mind trying to push their way into my stories.