E. C. Fuller lives and works in Tulsa, OK.
Q: What would your animal totem be?
A: I don’t know if I would call them an animal totem, but I’ve always felt a strong affinity with magpies. I remember my grandmother teaching me to use them as omens (one for sorrow, two for joy) and even now, when I see them, I start counting. They may be known as thieves, but to me to me the act of writing often feels like thievery. Shiny objects are like good stories, to be looked out for and hoarded jealously.
Q: What kind of non-fiction do you like to read and how does it affect the fiction you write?
A: I’ve always believed that fiction reflects reality in between its lines. The recognition of fundamental truths is what connects the author and the reader beyond the scope of a story’s immediate facts. My favourite kind of non-fiction is sports writing. I’ve always been a cricket fan, and it’s another medium where human stories shine through amidst all its unnecessary grandeur. I’ve learnt a great deal from the likes of writers like Jarrod Kimber, Andrew Fidel Fernando, and Andrew Miller. The biggest lesson has been that telling a story is the primary job of all forms of writing, no matter what its purpose. This realisation has had quite an effect on me, and changed the way I deal with my craft.
Maud Woolf is Scottish writer with a particular interest in speculative fiction. Currently working towards an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, most of her free time is spent either writing in the library or searching for a way into the city’s abandoned network of underground tunnels.
Q: Are you a Luddite? Or do you have the latest and greatest technology?
A: I don’t like change. It’s in my nature to immediately oppose any update to anything. It’s not that I’m not open to improvement, rather I’m an ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it’ person. For example, while everyone spent the last ten years updating their phones to smart phones, iPhones, Androids, I stuck with my Samsung flip phone. All I could do was make a phone call and send a text, but that’s all I needed. I always managed to find a way around the need for carrying a ‘computer in a purse’. I had to buy an android phone last year, but only because I couldn’t find another flip phone, when my old one finally died. And yes, I love it now that I’m used to it, but it got yelled at a few times in the learning process. It’s the same with my laptop. It took me two years to convince myself to buy a laptop for my writing, and it’s still the only one I’ve ever owned. It’s twelve years old, had three hard-drive replacements, and I’m still running the 2007 version of Word. Will I update? Not until my laptop breathes its last breath. Do I feel behind the times? Nope. Until my situation changes and I need something flashier, I’m happy to keep things as they are. If the worst happens, there’s always pen and paper, of which I have plenty.
Abhijato Sensarma is an 18-year-old student from Kolkata, India. He’s on the verge of stepping into the real word, which does not prevent him from writing about fictional ones whenever he can. He’s also been brought up on a steady diet of genre shows and books. So, even though he’s expanded his horizons over the years, he still has an affinity for comforting stories. He dreams of becoming a professional writer—hopefully one who’ll also retain the belief that art is the key to answering the mysteries of life.