Crossing Guard, fiction, Dec 1, 2008
Author's Web Site: www.fishnchirps.wordpress.com
When did you start writing? As a child. Doesn't everybody? Really got into it in my teens, mostly
When and what and where did you first get published? A humour piece called "A Loom with a View" in Threads magazine, September, 1990.
Why do you write? Because I must. I have these ideas that get me up at night if I don't do something about them.
Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I've read myth, parapsychology, fairy tales, fantasy, from my childhood. I thought everyone read this stuff. It just seems to be the way my mind works - humour or fantasy, a little horror now and then.
Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Hard to choose one favourite author. For fantasy, I don't think you can beat Terry Pratchett. He has a firm grasp of reality - this and others - and a solid common sense that brooks no idiocy. I love his take on magic, on myth, on the nature of reality and time. Of his books, I think the best is "Hogfather". But I can't really choose a favourite story overall, period. I know - and love - too many.
What are you trying to say with your fiction? Caution is advised. Things are not always as you think.
Do you blog? Where? Yes. fishnchirps.wordpress.com, where I talk mainly about my pet store (which is how I pay the bills) and my life there and in Wharncliffe, with
If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? I don't know. Maybe "Love and art, not necessarily in that order." But I can tell you definitely what it wouldn't say: "Her house was immaculate, and she never gained a pound after the day she was married"