A Greater Moon, poetry, Issue 15, June 1, 2011
Spores of the Volcano, fiction, Issue 25, December 1, 2013
Birthdate? Feb. 23, 1940
When did you start writing? I began writing music textbooks as a graduate student at Princeton. After publishing a dozen or so how-to books in finance I began to write fiction in the 80s. Fiction is different from non-fiction—very different.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication in fiction was a short story, “And Happiness Everlasting.” It appeared in a Canadian anthology, Timelines, published in 2011 and edited by JW Schnarr.
What themes do you like to write about? Like many, I hope for the triumph of good over evil, but as Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy says, “I’ve found that evil usually triumphs unless good is very, very careful.” What I like to write about is good being very, very careful. That doesn’t mean boring or passive, but it does mean winning.
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? In my younger days the imagination of Piers Anthony’s Macroscope and Frank Herbert’s Dune were spellbinding. I loved the world building of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover Series. The mythic scope of Lord of the Rings blew me away. But now I prefer quieter novels like Ursula le Guin’s Lavinia or her young adult novel Gifts.
Gerald Warfield has published fifteen titles in music and investing. He is former editor of the Longman Music Series. Since leaving New York City for the wilds of Texas he has written exclusively speculative fiction and poetry. His first published short story "And Happiness Everlasting" was published in 2010 in a Canadian anthology, Timelines, edited by JW Schnarr, for which he received a Pushcart nomination. Also, in 2010, he survived the Odyssey Writers' Workshop.