Evan Marcroft is a half-blind yeti-person with a sideways foot and an allergy to the sun. When he was a child he dreamed of writing important works of Earth-shaking beauty and settled for writing fantasy and science fiction instead. He currently lives in Sacramento California with a cat and a loving wife who foolishly believes he’ll someday make real money doing this. You can find his other works at Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, and Mirror Dance, as well as here at Metaphorosis. You can reach him on Twitter at @Evan_Marcroft and contact him for any reason at Evanmarcroft@hotmail.com.
Q: If you could have a meal with a character from any classic novel, whom would you choose?
A: I would gladly take Basil Hallward, the painter from The Picture of Dorian Gray, out to dinner. Though overshadowed by the dashing Dorian, he is the most tragic figure in the book; his unrequited love morphs into a literal window to hell. To top it all, he ends up being murdered. The check would definitely be on me, along with plenty of shots.
Rajiv Moté is a writer and software engineering manager living in Chicago with his wife, daughter, and puppy. He’d pick the superpower of flight over invisibility any day, and the dreams in which he’s flying are the best he’s ever had. He’ll relax at parties only if engaged about wine, comic books, epic fantasy, 80s music, NPR podcasts, or by a friendly dog.
Vaya Pseftaki is a writer, translator, creative writing teacher and rpg maniac. They are usually found sipping coffee from bottomless cups and watching bug documentaries. Their fiction can be found either in Greek or in English in various venues. They currently live in Thessaloniki, Greece, trying to train fleas to do their bidding.
Q: Do you use music for inspiration? If so what do you listen to?
A: I use music in two ways when I write. The most basic is less inspiration and more motivation. I’ll often listen to video game music during the actual act of writing, since lyrics distract me and video game music is designed to get you in a groove and keep you moving.
The other way I use music is to help clarify characters. If I’m having trouble expressing a character’s perspective or motivation, I’ll try to think of what their personal theme song would be. I find you can have a very clear image of who a character is in your head without necessarily having the words to describe it, and music and the feelings evoked by it can really help to bridge that gap.
Amman Sabet is a design strategist and author living and working in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Clarion, an autodidact, avid poké connoisseur, and enjoys the discovery in trial and error.