Candyce Byrne 

Red, fiction, Issue 44, September 2018

Candyce Byrne enjoys acting, directing and playwriting as well as writing short stories and poems.  She is a graduate of Clarion West and has published in Asimov's.

Get to Know Candyce:

When did you start writing?

Elementary school. I wrote dreadful novels about horses and heroines and sent each chapter to my grandmother in California as soon as it was finished. Continuity was not my strong suit.

When and what and where did you first get published?

I was the editor and main reporter for my elementary school newspaper, so I guess I published myself. Ditto in high school and college, but for literary magazines, and I was writing short stories and poems. Then I got a journalism degree and wrote nonfiction for hire for decades. Ended up a medical writer/editor and produced PR materials for nonprofits.

Why do you write?

I decided I wanted to write "when I got old" when I was three and my father read his childhood copy of Treasure Island to my sister and me. I didn't know what writing was, but I knew it was what I wanted to do. That book smelled so good!

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

I always say what i write would be science fiction except it's about art so it's art fiction and that makes it fantasy. Weird.

What are you trying to say with your fiction?

The mythic past never dies but rather bobs just below the surface of what we think is reality.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

She has died and is off on a new adventure.

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