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Cassandra Rose Clarke

Ecosystem, fiction, Issue 18, March 1, 2012

Cassandra Rose Clarke is a writer and teacher living in Houston, Texas. She holds an M.A. in creative writing from The University of Texas at Austin, and she graduated from the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2010. Her first novel, The Assassin's Curse, will be released by Strange Chemistry in October 2012.

Get to know Cassandra...

Birthdate? September 21, 1983
When did you start writing? I've been writing stories since elementary school (I used to turn in 10-page spelling word stories to my fifth grade teacher every week).  I began thinking of writing as a profession shortly after I finished grad school, when I was 24.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first story, "The Cowboy's Wife," appeared in the Summer 2009 issue of Zahir.  
What themes do you like to write about? Relationships -- romantic or otherwise -- is my most pervasive theme.  I also like to write about women and women's lives, artificial or other created intelligences, and magic.
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? One of my biggest influences is actually a filmmaker--Wong Kar-wai, who makes movies in Hong Kong. His work explores the complex relationships between characters within the framework of various genres (crime, science fiction, period pieces, wuxia). I love playing around with genres and using the trappings of those genres to get at a character.

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