A question for Jess Koch

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

A: Speculative fiction work can, and often does, examine the same questions that realistic fiction poses but it’s allowed to find answers in ways that are unbound by the limitations of reality. I find that to be quite creatively freeing. And while I love and appreciate all genres of writing, I’ve found my home in the strange and liminal world of speculative fiction.


Jess Koch’s story “Fur and Feathers
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 November 2019.
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A question for Lisa Fox

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

A: It’s funny, although animals (particularly dogs) have always played a huge role in my life, I usually don’t include them in my work. That’s not to say I won’t do so in the future.

Aside from “A Time For Understanding,” I did write (and was fortunate enough to publish) a flash fiction piece – political satire – about a healthcare system that proposed using dogs as doulas to save costs on childbirth for the uninsured. It’s a crazy and bizarre story; the comfort my yellow lab (my real-life Cody) provided me during my two pregnancies – especially when I was on bed rest with my first – was an inspiration. And back in high school, I wrote a short story about how it felt to say goodbye to our 17 year-old poodle. It was riddled with teen angst but the sentiment was certainly there – it was a story I needed to write at the time.

I think animals serve so many different roles for us in life and I am personally convinced that that “one special dog” is the one waiting, tail wagging, to bring us to the other side when we pass on. Maybe I should write more about animals…


Lisa Fox’s story “A Time for Understanding
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 November 2019.
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About Jess Koch

Jess Koch is a speculative fiction writer and graduate student at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program. She works professionally as a software engineer in the animal healthcare industry and lives in Portland, Maine.

jesskoch.com, @jesskochwrites


Jess Koch’s story “Fur and Feathers
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 November 2019.
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A question for Christine Lucas

Q:  What’s your favorite non-SFF book?

A: The Mirror Crack’d by Agatha Christie. I first read it when I was about twelve years old–a cheap, tattered paperback I found in a cardboard box in storage. Despite its problems reflecting the era it was written in, to me it was a revelation: women, in their old age, didn’t have to sit around knitting socks and doing housework (unless they wanted to); they could solve mysteries, or even write stories.


Christine Lucas’s story “Via Dolorosa
in Metaphorosis Friday, 8 November 2019.
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About Lisa Fox

Lisa Fox is a pharmaceutical market researcher by day and fiction writer by night. She enjoys crafting short stories and short screenplays across genres, but her passion is for Speculative Fiction/Drama hybrids. She thrives on the thrill of creating something out of nothing, in transforming life’s ‘what ifs’ to prose that flashes a mirror on the human condition. As a writer, nothing makes her happier than having readers say her work made them feel something or look at the world in a different way.

Lisa has been writing since childhood, but took a too-long hiatus from the creative world after graduating from college when the responsibilities of work and family took precedence. She started writing again just over three years ago and likens it to getting back together with an old friend.

A resident of northern New Jersey, USA, Lisa relishes the chaos of everyday suburban life. She and her husband Dan are kept busy by the comings and goings of their two sons, ages 14 and 10, and by the demands of their couch-dwelling golden retriever. Lisa hopes to begin working on a novel in the foreseeable future – she just needs to get those first few words on the page.

lisafoxiswriting.wordpress.com, @iamlisafox10800


Lisa Fox’s story “A Time for Understanding
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 November 2019.
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