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Brianna Gielow

How Shasa Became a Priestess, fiction, Issue 26, March 1, 2014

Brianna Gielow began writing Harry Potter fan-fiction at the age of six. Since then, she has dabbled in other genres, including science fiction, magical realism, creative nonfiction, and love letters to Jorge Luis Borges. She studied creative writing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago, where she graduated with honors in May 2014. She lives, writes, and works in New Hampshire.

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Get to know Briana...

Birthdate? All Saints' Day, 1992
When did you start writing? The first things I remember writing were Harry Potter fanfictions when I was six. 
When and what and where did you first get published? This is my first publication outside of school literary magazines. Since I was leading the editorial staff for those magazines, it's an important first. 
What themes do you like to write about? If I said justice, would that sound gimmicky? I find myself writing about families and outsiders a lot. I have also written three stories in different genres about stealing peoples' identities, without realizing that I was revisiting the same idea over and over until I read them afterwards. 
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 spent a year doing nothing but studying Jorge Luis Borges and writing stories in imitation of him. Now I am trying to branch out a little and imitate some other people. Charles Johnson's Middle Passage may be next. 

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