Ivy Grimes is originally from Alabama and now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and beagle. She is a friendly neurotic person who writes speculative fiction and is looking for more writer friends. She feels nostalgic about her Birmingham writing group that sometimes met at an Applebees where attendees ordered the $1 house beer.
Q: Where do you write?
A: I write at my desk, in a room full of books and plants, both of which I find infinitely inspiring. My writing room has two large windows, so it’s full of natural light, and there’s normally at least one dog relaxing nearby. The desk is usually cluttered with hand-scrawled notes, as I vastly prefer writing story notes by hand, and although it may look chaotic to the untrained eye, I always know exactly where everything is.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Other people, mostly. I’d be a fool not to recognize how much I am indebted to the genius of those who came before me—from famous storytellers I may never meet to the family and friends that have helped me sharpen my skills along the way. Somebody once said all art is theft, and if I ever try to disagree with them, I’ll be on pretty shaky ground.
Eleanor R. Wood writes speculative fiction and eats liquorice from the south coast of England, where she lives with her husband, two marvellous dogs, and enough tropical fish tanks to charge an entry fee.
Jordan Legg is originally from Oshawa, Ontario, and holds a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. He is an amateur cyclist and sketch artist, as well as an avid reader and writer of speculative fiction. He currently teaches literature and history to preteens and teenagers at a private school in South Asia, where he’s lived for several years.
Q: What’s the story (doesn’t have to be yours) no one else thinks is as good as you do?
A: Howl’s Moving Castle! Everyone seems to adore the movie, but the book is way better (in my opinion). Its quirky characters, magical worldbuilding, and swoon-worthy romance put it at the top of my list of desert-island books.