Canadian writer of noir and fantastica A.M. Dellamonica recently asked me some questions about childhood influences in a series of what she’s calling The Heroine Question. Fun stuff, good times, like in this NBC promo still for The Bionic Woman, where Jaime poses as a Las Vegas showgirl to gather information on the Fembot army of an evil scientist…
… In which the Cascade Writers Workshop hipcats grill me on my recent obsession with crime & noir fiction, a super-secret forthcoming audiozine, and other looming projects.
She was dazzling! She was relaxed and funny, and knew a little bit about everything in the universe. She was definitely *not* a dude. And what a relief! I’d been hanging out with all my shortfic writing friends, most of us nascent in our authorial efforts. I hadn’t realized before, but they — we — were all in this sort of special career-embarkation pressure cooker. Most of my writer pals were striving to make “pro” sales, striving to get into prestigious writing workshops, striving to hook agents. . . striving, striving, striving. That was not my path at the time, nor (it turns out) would it ever be, but it was already exhausting me. And here was a dinnerful of novelists, all of whom had agents and publishers, all of whom were several if not many books in to their careers, and they were just so calm, so nice. And Kat Richardson was the calmest and nicest of them all.
My mini-interview of Kat Richardson is live over at Sleeping Hedgehog.
And it’s live! My little 3 to 3 interview series for Green Man and the Sleeping Hedgie rolls onward with a nice bit from author Stina Leicht. Stina has a couple novels out, but also a couple short stories. My subversive little anthologist’s heart prompts me to post beautiful anthology covers like these, both of which contain stories by my interviewee.
Of Stina: “When she was small she wanted to grow up to be like Vincent Price. Unfortunately, there are no basements in Texas — thus, making it difficult to wall up anyone alive under the house.”
Rock on, sweet Texas, rock on.
Author and all-round accomplished fellow Daniel A. Rabuzzi chatted me up for his art and lit site, Lobster & Canary. Want to hear about dead pigeons in the freezer? How about which artists, living or dead, I’d have over for dinner? Read to find out.
Speculating Canada claims “Canadian SF, fantasy, and horror have been cast into a literary ghetto under the power structure of CanLit, and cast as either inferior literatures, or literatures that are not ‘of here’, i.e. from abroad. Yet, Canadian speculative fiction has a long history in Canada and engages with ideas of Canadian identity, belonging, and concepts of nationhood, place and space (both ‘the final frontier’ type, and the geographical)…”
Today, Derek Newman-Stille grills me on a series of topics about speculative literature and the Canadian scene, in response to which I discuss fashion statements, broken grammar, yams, and the end of the world. He kindly says, “ Her love of writing and joy at playing with literary work comes through in the interview below as well as in her fiction writing.”
Check out the interview in its entirety at the site.