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Erica Ruppert

Downstream, fiction, Issue 37, December 1, 2016

Erica Ruppert writes speculative fiction and poetry from her home in northern New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Nonbinary ReviewAnotherRealmWeirdbook, and PodCastle, among others. She is, very slowly, working on her first novel. Visit her on Facebook at

Get to know Erica...

Birthday? April 22
When did you start writing? Around age six
When and what and where did you first get published? 2013, a poem titled "The Queen in Red" in Rose Red Review.
What themes do you like to write about? My main themes are loss and regret.
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? Many of Tanith Lee's and Angela Carter's short works have been influences, both for the beauty of the language and the strange, mythic undertones. Also, John Steinbeck for his deceptively simple voice that captures both the intimacy of a single life and the sweep of history in almost the same breath. I aspire to be even a shred as good as any of them, and keep their voices in mind when I write. 

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