Evan James Sheldon is a Senior Editor for F(r)iction and the Editorial Coordinator for Brink Literacy Project. He lives in Denver with his wife and soon-to-arrive daughter.
Q: Are you optimistic about the future of humanity?
A: I am optimistic about the future of humanity because I refuse to be pessimistic. Humanity has overcome everything from the ice age to the black death, not to mention attempted wars, genocides, and a plethora of other things that would be nice to learn how to avoid. None of them have destroyed us entirely, and many of them have made us stronger. I don’t know how we’ll overcome our current problems, what the next round of problems will be, or what humanity will look like after. I do, however, fully believe that we will survive and continue.
Simone Kern grew up in a small town in Illinois, where they were definitely the only Jewish-atheist-socialist-genderqueer kid in school. After studying creative writing at Oberlin College, they moved to Houston where they taught English in public schools for ten years. After the birth of their kid, Simone quit teaching to write and be a stay-at-home parent. They love-hate Houston, because their house floods, and it’s too hot, and nearby chemical refineries keep exploding, but the people are just too good to leave. Thus, Simone has embraced life as a bayou creature and is busy learning the names of all the Texas wildflowers.
Q: What hero (of any gender) would you name your child after, if we lived in a society with names like that?
A: Honestly, I don’t much believe in heroes. I’ve never been a fan of the Chosen One trope, and the protagonists in my stories are mostly ordinary people who are forced by circumstance to do extraordinary things despite being manifestly unqualified for the job. That said, I’ve always had a soft spot for Jonah from Cat’s Cradle. If I had a son, maybe I’d go with that?
Dawn Lloyd is an American who got bored and set out across the world looking for adventure. Six countries and four continents later, she teaches at St. Constantine’s International School in Tanzania and continues to travel in search of adventure whenever she can.
Q: How often do you think about writing during a day?
A: I think about writing in inverse proportion to my ability to write at any given moment. When I’m at work, I’m forever musing on story ideas and wishing I could be writing. When I have free time, suddenly there are a thousand and one other things to think about, all of them more interesting. I try, as far as possible, to nurture the ideas when they come, often making notes on my phone, because knowing what I’m going to write vastly increases the chances that I’ll actually write it.