Writing Wins and Woes: A Bit of a Review and an Interview

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I’ve posted a bunch of interviews from the most current anthology I have a story in, “Twice Upon A time”. Now, that I’ve had a chance to read all the stories in it, I thought I’d add a few of my own thoughts. First off, these are not fairy tales for children. Most of them are not light hearted and happily ever after endings. Then again, if you reread some children’s fairy tales, maybe these are more true to the spirit of fairy tales than Disney’s versions. Although not all of the stories were my cup of tea, they were all written by talented writers and displayed that in their content. There were modern twists, such as zombies and tales of torment and rape and other unseemly deeds. Many were hard to read. I think this is often where the rubber meets the road. Fairy tales may be more realistic than we think. Life is full of horrendous events that we would like to spin into a great big fairy tale of Once Upon A time and They all lived happily ever after. I don’t know about you but my road didn’t run that way. So, if you want an interesting read, that is full of complexities and disturbing thoughts, as well as some light hearted mirth thrown in the mix, “Twice Upon a Time” is for you. If you just want an all’s well that end’s well, stick to Disney.

Here’s the interview:

CONTRARY to the title of this anthology, working with such a talented cast of writers is an opportunity that usually comes once in a lifetime. From best-selling to greenhorn, independent or traditionally-published, the authors in this anthology span all ranges in addition to spanning the globe—from England to Australia and all over the United States. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know each and every one of them, and they have become a part of my extended family. I’ve even caught a glimpse of a secret side of them that only another writer…editor…is privy to witness through their words.

Through this series of posts, I plan on introducing you to my new family through a mini-interview of each. You may not get a chance to see their secret side, but you’ll get a sneak-peek into their minds, their passions and inspirations, and what made them the writers they are today.

..The Mini Interview..

1. At what age did you start writing?

As soon as I could—6 or 7?

2. Which book introduced you to Speculative Fiction?

John Christopher‘s Tripod series. I was stunned to realize people could think about exciting stuff like that. I wanted more…

3. Do you have an all-time favorite book? What about it makes it your favorite?

The Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott. Not only does it depict a greatly realistic, detailed early Middle Ages, it has a kickass heroine, a wide scope, mythic creatures, love, wars, magic…
I can keep rereading it, it’s too complex to keep in your head so there’s never any boredom.

4. Which author and/or book inspired you to start writing?

Jack Vance. I just loved his ironic details and grotesque imagination. I wanted to be just like him…all my teenage work is one big Vance pastiche.

5. What would you say is the most important lesson all writers should learn?

You have to find a way to show yourself through your words.

6. Of the entire publishing process, which would you say is the most difficult aspect to endure?

The waiting. Months, sometimes even years, to get an answer from a publisher or a magazine.

7. From where did the inspiration for your submission arise?

The Yde Girl was an actual bog corpse found in my country.

8. If applicable, did you have a favorite character (to write) from your story? If so, what sets them apart from the others?

My protagonist, because she tries so hard to fit in and to be loyal, and she has to make a choice to leave her family.

9. On what projects are you currently working?

A near-future, optimistic sf novel/series of shorts. I took up the challenge to write utopian instead of dystopian for a change….

Read Bo’s story, Bog Trade, in your very own copy of Twice Upon A Time today!

..About the Author..

Bo is a freelance writer who lives and works in the ancient Dutch city of Utrecht, close to Amsterdam. When she isn’t writing, you can find her madly designing knitwear, painting, or reading anything and everything from Kate Elliott to Iain M. Banks or Jared Diamond.
Her fiction has appeared in Penumbra, Electric Spec and quite a few anthologies. Her sf novel, The Wan, will be published in 2015 by Pink Narcissus Press.

..Connect with the Author..

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