Trash Picker on Mars, poem, Issue 22, March 1, 2013
Wizards at Heart, poem, Issue 35, June 1, 2016
When did you start writing? Started keeping a journal about fifty years ago, a discipline I’ve not been able to maintain.
When and what and where did you first get published? Beginning in 1980, I began writing short essays for various regional alternative newspapers and shoppers, and continued doing so as I moved across the country. My first commercial success was in 1987, when my fantasy story “The Glacier That Almost Ate Main Street” was published by Highlights for Children.
What themes do you like to write about? Humor—especially the absurd kind—invariably creeps into my work, in one way or another. There is a strong element of the absurd in most of the writing. The question of Why are we here? holds a particular fascination.
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 always been especially drawn to science fiction and fantasy writers who create such convincing worlds hat you feel as if you could live in them. They have inspired me to write two novels and dozens of short stories, in which I have tried to do the same. Lately I have found that it is possible to create entire new worlds within my poems. That is my main creative challenge: to create convincing new worlds of thought within my works. And if I can get people to laugh in the process, even better.
Gene Twaronite is a Tucson writer and poet. He is the author of six books, including two juvenile novels and two collections of short stories. His first poetry book Trash Picker on Mars will be published by Aldrich Press later this year. Visit him at http://www.thetwaronitezone.com.