Aly Parsons

Wellspring, flash, September 2018

Aly Parsons has a story in the DAW anthology, Sword of Chaos, edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and republished electronically by the MZB Literary Trust. She wrote the Afterward for Catherine Asaro's collection, Aurora in Four Voices, published by ISFiC Press. Aly leads a writers' group she founded in 1980 that includes professional and unpublished writers, and she is a graduate of the Odyssey workshop for writers of fantasy, sf, and horror.

Get to Know Aly:


Too near the end of the year for birthday parties.

When did you start writing?

Soon after I learned to write with block letters. My earliest story that I remember was "The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina." Writing aimed at publication began in 1979 when I was in my late 20s.

When and what and where did you first get published?

My story, "Cold Hall," won Honorable Mention in a Starstone magazine contest, and Marion Zimmer Bradley invited the story into her second Darkover anthology, Sword of Chaos, which was first printed by DAW Books in 1982.

Why do you write?

Because I must.
Because the blank screen beckons.
Because reading calls me to invent my own stories.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

From earliest memory, for bedtime reading, my father read to my brother, sister, and me the works of H. G. Wells, H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jules Verne. Those were among the earliest books I read to myself. Though I read all types of books, I continued to prefer sf, fantasy, and horror. About age 15, I hand-wrote my first fantasy novel, never to be typed, which is much as it should be. In science fiction and fantasy, worlds wait to be created, and I have always wanted to be one of the creators.

What are you trying to say with your fiction?

Different works have different themes. I'm not laying in any hidden political statements--even if some of my critiquers have found some. I just want to share stories that want to be shared.

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