Susan McDonough-Wachtman has been a burger tosser, customer service rep, ad taker, curriculum developer, parent, reader, kayaker, gardener, and high school teacher. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with one cat and one husband.
Q: Do you write things other than speculative fiction?
A: My background is software, and so my major published works are tome-length books on various topics such as database and user interface programming. Unfortunately, these works are somewhat ephemeral, since the underlying technologies becomes less relevant as time marches on.
I only returned to writing fiction after getting out of day-to-day involvement with my company, and most of what I’ve written and published since then has been speculative fiction, but I have written a few mainstream stories, and a few stories that I really can’t quite categorize.
Q: Do you generally start with mood, title, character, concept, …?
A: Stories come to me as one character caught up in a bad situation. I see my main character/characters as possessing a good heart, caught in impossible situations. I build the story around the idea that while people may be good, the world is not, and that leads to making decisions in which there is never a perfect resolution. In the story, I hope to illustrate that we are all doing the best we can with what we are given to work with. I love my characters, but I know they always have a difficult journey ahead of them. I want to show that while at times the world is dark, there is always hope.
A.A. Azariah-Kribbs lives in Maryland with her creative muse, Fuffle. Since she was a little girl collecting acorns in the backyard, she has been on the outlook for dragons and fairies, and made quite a few unusual friends. Her artwork and fiction are featured on her blog, Wallie’s Wentletrap.
A.A. Azariah-Kribbs‘ image “Antrodemus – Dinosaur” is the cover art for our December 2018 stories.
Arlen Feldman is a software engineer, and co-founder of Cherwell Software, one of the leading service desk products in the world. Now semi-retired, he is also a technical adviser, a slightly published writer of fiction, computer book author, maker, costumer, and a semi-professional dilettante.