Delaney Green

SÁ an Bhrú, the Passage Home, Fiction, Issue 42, March 15 2018

Delaney Green writes long and short works of speculative fiction. She is the author of a historical fantasy series about Jem Connolly, an 18th century half-Irish girl with Second Sight who grows up in England and America between the French and Indian War and the American War of Independence. Green’s story  "Tsunami Surprise" appeared in BOUCHERCON 2014: MURDER AT THE BEACH; “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It,” was featured online in December 2015 at CEASE, COWS; and “You Makes Your Picks, and You Takes Your Chances” was a semi-finalist in the 2016 RAYMOND CARVER SHORT STORY CONTEST. Green lives in the fifth coldest city in the United States with a black cat and a Golden Retriever rescue.  <>  and <>

Birthday? October 19 (Will you be sending me a present? If so, I like chocolate and the color red.)

When did you start writing? As soon as I learned how (my first story was an illustrated tale about a cat named Pyewacket and her kittens). Mostly, I focused on work-related writing until I retired from teaching.

When and what and where did you first get published? Age 12, a poem in Read magazine. As an adult, a nonfiction book on playwriting I'd written for my theater students was published (I think it was) in 1998 by Dramatic Publishing. My first big break after retirement was "Tsunami Surprise," published in Bouchercon's 2014 anthology, Murder at the Beach.

What themes do you like to write about? What a cool question! I'm interested in showing that there is more than one way to approach any problem, any policy, any procedure. I'm interested in showing that just because our culture hasn't discovered something doesn't mean it doesn't exist--and just because our culture has "evolved beyond" something doesn't mean that the ancient thing is wrong or is without value. Pride not only blinds us to what is possible but also keeps us anchored to our prejudices and our cruelties. I'm interested, therefore, in religion, in human rights issues, in animal and plant intelligence, and in history and philosophy.

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 have loved Shakespeare ever since I first read him. I read a lot of Dickens when I was living in a one-room hotel on the Canadian border without a TV or a radio (long story). Nowadays, I mostly read nonfiction because I do a ton of research for my books, but as far as reading for fun is concerned, I like Diana Gabaldon and am a huge fan of Robin Hobb. I was given Hobb's first book, Assassin's Apprentice for Christmas one year, and by Valentine's Day, I'd read the other two books in that trilogy, along with two other trilogies--this while working full time outside the home, maintaining a household, and rearing a child on my own. I don't know that any of these writers' stories or characters find expression in my work, except insofar as my characters, like theirs, are flawed human beings who don't use their failings as an excuse for not trying to become better people.  

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Twitter? @DelaneyaGreen  

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