Emily Randall

Tropes of the Western Fairy Tale, non-fiction, Issue 47, June 15, 2019

Emily Randall is a software developer who specializes in user-centered design and accessibility.  They currently work for Google on one of the many Search teams, which is both exciting and rather nervewracking, but they can’t imagine doing anything else.  In their free time, they enjoy reading, running, hiking, and generally exploring the outdoors. Their stories have been accepted for publication by Zombies Need Brains, Future SF, and the Society of Misfit Stories.  They can be found at www.emily-randall.com.

Get to know Emily...

Why I write:

I write to tell the stories that I want to read, the stories that I don’t see around me.  Although stories should reflect the real world, scifi and fantasy often have a dearth of queer characters, trans characters, or characters with mental health struggles, among others.  I want to see worlds where polyamory is normal, or where the gender binary has been shattered, or where the cast has more than one token female character. But those tales are few and far between.  So, if I can’t read them, I want to write them.

When I started writing:

Like most authors, I’ve been writing since I was quite young, but I didn’t start seriously concentrating on it until partway through college.  I wasn’t an English major or a creative writing major – I studied computer science and engineering physics. But I started working on a couple different novels during an early internship, and that led to me joining a senior creative writing class when the professor kindly allowed me to skip all the prerequisites.  And that was where I decided that writing could be more than a side hobby.

Favorite author and story:

I’ve never been good at picking a single favorite of anything, so picking just one favorite author is hard.  How do you compare Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Carey, Seanan McGuire and Patrick Rothfuss? All are amazing, but in such different ways.  And the same problem multiplies a thousandfold for books, especially when you add nonfiction to the mix. If I absolutely had to pick, I might go with something like Nonviolent Communication, by Marshall Rosenberg, simply because it’s given me some incredibly valuable skills, but there are far too many amazing books out there to say that one is my definite favorite.

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