Bread Crumbs and Thigh Bones, fiction, Issue 16, September 1, 2011
Birthdate? June 27.
When did you start writing? I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was seven years old, and I've been writing off and on ever since. I did get sidetracked for several years by my passion for music, which quickly expanded to include songwriting and composing. I've been writing more seriously for about three years.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first sale was to Daily Science Fiction for my story "Forever Sixteen." However, my first story to actually appear was "Luck Be a Lady" at Crossed Genres.
What themes do you like to write about? I write a lot about death; I definitely have a certain morbid streak. I often include characters who are children or teenagers as well, which allows me to address coming-of-age themes, as well as issues of powerlessness and how people become who they are. I enjoy discovering the fault lines of my characters: how much pressure will cause them to break or embrace change in a way they were unable to before.
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? I've been fascinated by fairy tales from a young age. There's an interesting juxtaposition going on there between the relatively sanitized versions put out for small children and by Disney, which are light and fun wish-fulfillment fantasies and adventure stories, for the most part, and the older, more brutal versions, that show the more difficult and even horrific aspects of life--the darker underbelly, if you will, and sometimes with slightly tilted moral systems to boot.
Really, though, this is a tough question, because I've been a life-long reader, and I have so many eclectic favorites. Different influences poke out for different stories, but so far I'm unaware of any that are consistent throughout my body of work.
Amy Sundberg is a writer of speculative and young adult fiction, as well as a musician. An alumna of the Taos Toolbox writing workshop, she lives with her husband and little dog in California. She loves to sing, travel, and eat baked goods. She blogs regularly at practicalfreespirit.com.