Alexandra Seidel

Babylon, poetry, Issue 14, March 1, 2011

Becoming the Sea, poetry, Issue 18, March 1, 2012

The Shaman's Daughter, poetry, Issue 24, September 1, 2013


Birthdate? September 13th, 1983.

When did you start writing? On and off since third grade.

When and what and where did you first get published? In 2008 a story of mine was published in an obscure local anthology. It was a funny kind of story, and only because of this first publication did I begin to seriously pursue writing.

Why do you write? Because the words come to me.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? There are no limitations to writing these; anything goes.

What themes do you like to write about? Fairy tales creep up again and again in my writing, and witches too, for some reason. I like to include a dark twist every now and then, a reflection of the dark side of human nature.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? This is subject to change but at the moment, Scott Lynch. My favorite story would be Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? This is a long list. I think I should only name three, since that is such an auspicious number, no? Catherynne M. Valente's novel Palimpsest, N. K. Jemisin's short story On the Banks of the River Lex, and Hal Duncan's poetry collection Songs for the Devil and Death.

I'm not sure that these stories exactly find expression in my work though, it's more that I look at them, find something that feels amazingly familiar, see a use of language and style that deeply humbles me, and I find myself thinking something along the lines of "Wow, that's what I wanna do when I grow up."

What are you trying to say with your fiction? I don't think it's so much about what I want to say but what the reader understands.

Do you blog? Where? Yes, right here: http://tigerinthematchstickbox.blogspot.com/

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? We are what we leave behind.

Biography
Alexa Seidel likes traveling. She also finds accounts of the underworld very interesting; go figure. When not dreaming, she writes.
Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Mythic Delirium, and other wonderful places. You can follow her on Twitter
@Alexa_Seidel or check out her blog at www.tigerinthematchstickbox.blogspot.com.