A question for Christopher Warden

Q: What’s a genre you’d like to write, but don’t or can’t?

A: I would love to write a heist story. I think this goes back to my childhood dream of being a cat burglar. Nailing down all the details has discouraged me from pursuing it.


Christopher Warden’s story “The Dragon’s Due
in Metaphorosis Friday, 2 December 2022.
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About Christopher Warden

Chris Warden is a native of California. He is married to Jane Warden; they have two adult children. Chris graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in philosophy. He has worked as a web developer, computer programmer, game designer, and UX developer.

He enjoys body surfing, body boarding, and ocean swimming. He spends an inordinate amount of time in the ocean but has still not figured out how to breathe underwater.
www.criswar.com


Christopher Warden’s story “The Dragon’s Due
in Metaphorosis Friday, 2 December 2022.
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A question for A.D. Guzman

Q: If someone wanted to make an animated series out of your work, based on the title or recurring themes, what would it look like?

A: I love this question because I often picture my story as a movie or animation as I’m writing. For “An Hour in the City of Lightning” I totally see something in the style of Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle or Castle in the Sky. Studio Ghibli has a beautiful and honest way of bringing the most mundane and extraordinary characters to life, side by side in the same or parallel universes, so I would love to see my characters represented that way. Also, the worldbuilding in Miyazaki’s animation shows a love and respect for nature and depicts strange worlds as places equally as complex, beautiful, dangerous, and real as our own, which I feel aligns with the dual dimensions and themes of my story.


A.D. Guzman’s story “An Hour in the City of Lightning
in Metaphorosis Friday, 18 November 2022.
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A question for Joshua Grasso

Q: Do you use music for inspiration? If so, what do you listen to?

A: I honestly have trouble writing without music, since the right music unlocks the ‘act’ of writing itself. It’s not that I need a soundtrack to my writing (since the music rarely completely matches what I’m trying to convey), but I need a piece that is sympathetic to either the mood I’m in at the time. Often, when I find the right piece of music, it can influence the writing and attach itself to a specific scene or character in unexpected ways. I’m a classical music nut, and have collected it seriously since I was about 17 (I’m in my 40’s now), so I listen to everything from Bach to Mozart to Beethoven to Tchaikovsky to Stravinsky to Shostakovich and beyond. Orchestral music, in particular, seems to complement the act of writing since it’s purely visual and emotional, yet without leading you down a specific alley the way music with words often do. You can put a favorite symphony on repeat and hear different stories each time, which is great, since writing requires you to come up with something new each time!


Joshua Grasso’s story “Bas Relief
in Metaphorosis Friday, 11 November 2022.
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About A.D. Guzman

A.D. Guzman is a writer of speculative fiction and all-around lover of story. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M Commerce. She taught adult ESL for fourteen years and preschool Spanish for eight. Now, she coordinates Wills Point Veterinary Clinic’s online store, dabbles in payroll and serves as occasional, unofficial IT support. She serves as Membership Chair on the Friends of Riter C. Hulsey Public Library board, proudly producing amusing and informative promotional materials. She’s a hobby bird photographer and, if you like birds and/or fantasy, she has some acrylic and watercolor pieces you’ll love. She runs, does yoga, bikes, hikes, pretty much anything active and outdoors. She lives in Texas with her husband, two wonderful adult kids, four finches, three parakeets, a cat, and a snake.

adguzmanwrites.com, @AD_Guzman00


A.D. Guzman’s story “An Hour in the City of Lightning
in Metaphorosis Friday, 18 November 2022.
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