A question for Karl Dandenell

Q: Are you a Luddite, or do you have the latest and greatest technology?

A: I consider myself a “Version 2.0” technologist. I prefer to let other folks find the bugs.


Karl Dandenell’s story “Comes the Tinker” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 28 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Caleb Warner

Caleb Warner was born and raised in Indiana, in the Whitewater River Valley basin. Here he fostered a love for wilderness conservation, primitive living skills, and writing. He still lives there, working as an assistant to the director of the Writing Center at Indiana University East.


Caleb Warner’s story “The Cartographer” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 4 November 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

A question for Jared Leonard

Q: What made you start writing?

A: My pursuit in writing was initially sparked by reading. I loved losing myself to new worlds and ideas and places, but as I grew older, I realized that the books I read didn’t always have what I wanted in them. I didn’t like when the villains were always so evil and the heroes too virtuous, or when endings were too bleak or happy. It was after realizing that I could make whatever story I wanted that I began to write more seriously. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out what I want in a story, which unfortunately, is the much harder part.


Jared Leonard’s story “Undertow” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Karl Dandenell

Karl Dandenell is a first-generation Swedish American, survivor of Viable Paradise XVI, and active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He lives on an island near San Francisco with his family and 3 cat overlords. He is fond of strong tea and single-malt scotch.

www.firewombats.com


Karl Dandenell’s story “Comes the Tinker” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 28 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

A question for Amelia Aldred

Q: What other writers inspire you?

A: Recently, I’ve been inspired by the nonfiction writing of Isabel Wilkerson and Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Wilkerson blends impeccable research with vibrant storytelling and I admire Coates’ commitment to delving into difficult questions.  When I read his articles, he reminds me to focus on the messy truth over snappy soundbites in my writing.

In fiction, I’ve been reading a lot of James Baldwin this year and his language and characters blow me away.  He writes about human beings’ fallibility with such compassion and insight.  He’s one of those writers from which I read a line and then stop and sit with the line because it’s that beautiful.

In speculative fiction, I really like Catherynne M. Valente’s use of language, I love N. K. Jemisin’s world-building, and I love Mary Robinette Kowal’s character relationships and character arcs.

On a professional level my mother, Carrie Newcomer, is a songwriter and I learned the basics of what is means to be a working artist from her: work hard, be collegial, and never stop growing.  On the same note, my friend and fellow Hoosier Michael R. Underwood is one of the hardest working people I know and I’ve watched him grow with every novel.  His passion for stories and the writing community has inspired me to keep writing through the ups and downs of life and I look forward to whatever he writes next.


Amelia Aldred’s story “Shine” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Jared Leonard

When he’s not reading a book or writing, Jared Leonard attempts to stay in shape, aquascape various planted aquariums, enjoy videogames, and get enough sleep. He usually only accomplishes the first two. He currently lives in Richfield, Minnesota, and attends the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy.


Jared Leonard’s story “Undertow” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.