Brandon Nolta

Voices in the Dark, fiction, June 1, 2009

Birthdate? You know that really horrible day in September, that date that is now a touchstone event for virtually all Americans? My birthday’s the day after.

When did you start writing? Around fourth grade or so.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication was in my university’s literary magazine in 1993; the first creative piece I was paid for would have been my poem “Dybbuk,” published in the May 1997 issue of Lynx Eye.

Why do you write? I never really saw it as a choice; the words bubble up, and out they come.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? Science fiction/fantasy was my first love as a reader, and is still my first choice.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Harlan Ellison for the language, Isaac Asimov for the lucidity and knowledge. For stories, “Vengeance Is” by Theodore Sturgeon

What are you trying to say with your fiction? Depends on the story.

Do you blog? Where? I’m a paid blogger for Scribophile, but I don’t have a personal blog anymore.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? I’d prefer just to reach my cold, dead hands out of my grave, grab hold of any visitors and tell them in person.

Brandon Nolta is a writer and frequent jack-of-all-trades who is presently seeking help for incessantly referring to himself in the third person. He works as a computer support professional, among other jobs technical and otherwise, and is still recovering from his last sojourn in academia, which led to an M.F.A. in fiction. He mostly exists in northern Idaho with his wife and two children.