Butterfly Weather, fiction, Issue 24, September 1, 2013
When did you start writing? I started writing even before I could physically write. When I was very small I would tell my parents stories and one of them would write them down. Then I would illustrate them, staple the pages together, and have my very own book.
When and what and where did you first get published? Besides the books I used to make, I think my first time being published was in my high school’s literary magazine, which of course was made up of mostly angsty teenage poetry. My story was a prose-poem retelling of Snow White. It was kind of dark and made my friend’s mom uncomfortable.
What themes do you like to write about? I like the weird and unusual, the dark and the improbable. I like writing about things that are just a little bit off from regular life.
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 really admire both Kelly Link and Aimee Bender as authors. When I first read them a couple of years ago I felt like I recognized something in their stories and novels that I was trying to do in my own work. At that time I hadn’t been published anywhere outside of high school and college publications, and reading their books really made me think that maybe my stories could be published somewhere. I also loved Audrey Niffeneger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife and Karen Russell’s Swamplandia. I think they both do wonderful, character driven writing that is completely ordinary except for one (or two, or three) very strange elements which, in a way, drive the character driven books.
Hannah has a BFA in English with a Creative Writing Concentration from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has been published or upcoming in 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, Spark, Solarcide, Pinball, Kaleidotrope, Bourbon Penn and others. It has also been performed at Wheaton College.