Christopher Owen

Moonshine Girl and the Golden Cat, fiction, Issue 27, June 1, 2014


Birth date? May 9th
 
When did you start writing? I started writing in childhood, filling old spiral notebooks with fanciful stories.  Started writing seriously (and collecting rejection slips) in high school.   
 
When and what and where did you first get published? My first published story was called “Father Figure,” a mainstream piece about a man who discovers he’s not the father of his child. It appeared in a now defunct college literary magazine called Perspectives.
 
What themes do you like to write about? I rarely think about themes when I write (but perhaps I should), I just get an idea for an individual story and run with it. I guess if I analyzed my stories for themes I would find that they often deal with loneliness, loss, and love. 
 
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 grew up loving Tolkien’s works, and I still reread them regularly today, but there have been so many Tolkien clones and knockoffs written that I feel there’s not room for any more, so I don’t tend to write ‘high fantasy’ like that. My favorite writer is John Crowley. His prose is so exquisite and moving. I aspire to write like that, but usually fall short.  Some other writers who have shaped me:  Hemingway, Thoreau, Shakespeare, e. e. cummings, Mark Twain, Joanne Harris. I could go on and on.
 
Biography 
Christopher Owen lives in Texas with his wife and two cats.  He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington, and his work has appeared at Every Day Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Mystic Signals, Fried Fiction and other places. He is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the Yale Summer Writing Program. More info at his blog, www.christopherowenwriter.blogspot.com.