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Brenta Blevins

The Role of the Sidekick, nonfiction, Issue 18, March 1, 2012

Brenta Blevins lives and writes in the Appalachian Mountains of the United States, where she enjoys hiking with her husband. Her short fiction has appeared in such markets as ChiZineDaily Science Fiction, and Sword and Sorceress. In addition to, her nonfiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Clarkesworld.

Get to know Brenta...

Birthdate? I was born in the era between computers being powered by pterodactyls (requisite Cory Doctorow allusion) and the awesomeness that is 1980s music.
When did you start writing? I started my writing career in second grade while practicing my handwriting; instead of writing "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" over and over, I wrote Martian News reports. Alas, my teacher did not approve of my creative decision, thus introducing me at a young age to the cruel world of editorial rejection. Despite that early setback for both my writing and Martian journalism, I persevered and continued writing.
When and what and where did you first get published? Some of my first publications were actually radio plays performed on American public radio that were later re-broadcast in such countries as Australia and South Africa. 
What themes do you like to write about? My fiction ranges from ghost stories and apocalyptic themes to exploration, the latter ranging from space to the self. My nonfiction covers such topics as traveling to speculative fiction filming sites to literary analysis.
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? As a student and teacher of English literature and writing, I've enjoyed reading everything from the earliest works in Old English to Middle English dream visions to speculative fiction stories published today. My fiction contains allusions to literature, especially Beowulf, and I've even published a story told from the perspective of Franz Kafka's Gregor Samsa.

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