Album, flash fiction, Issue 24, September 1, 2013
There Once was a Lady, Issue 30, March 1, 2015
Birthdate? July 23, 1978
When did you start writing? As far back as I can remember, I was writing stories, but I didn't get serious about my writing really until 2007. That's when I made my first short story submission, got my first rejection, and subsequently published my first poem. Since then, I've definitely had breaks in productivity, both on the writing and publishing side, but writing has been a part of my day to day life.
When and what and where did you first get published? That's a tricky question these days. The first time someone else accepted one of my pieces and published it online was a poem called "You Are", published in Chantarelle's Notebook. The first time I sold a short story for actual money was "Further Study" to a now-defunct site called Coyote Wild (which incidentally folded before they could publish it, but were good enough to still send me a check.) My first professional short story sale, paying what is considered the pro rate per-word, was "Trial of the God Star" to Daily Science Fiction.
What themes do you like to write about? I try my best to avoid actively thinking about theme, preferring to tell stories and let themes emerge from them at their own convenience. But I definitely return to a few things over and over: what it means to be human, especially in a future where machines and man are more integrated; the role of religion and law in alien and future societies; and understanding the truly alien, the things that we might actually meet out there, which will look nothing like people with big ears or horns on their heads.
My background is in marine biology, specifically the diet and breeding ecology of seabirds, and a lot of my fiction deals with the sea. I'm also fascinated by economics, particularly with the scarcity of water and arable land, and how seldom these are considered in a science fictional or fantasy world. The transition of humanity out of our evolved bodies and into other future forms, whether biological or digital, is also very interesting to me.
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 grew up obsessively reading Tolkien and Stephen King, and both of their work has certainly influenced mine, but more recently, I've found myself really attracted to writers and books that build on existing folklore and build a world that seems to exist parallel or maybe even overlapping with ours. Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood are the reigning monarchs of this in my mind.
Ian Rose was born outside of Philadelphia, but after trying out each of America's coasts at least once, has settled more or less permanently in Oregon. He lives there with his wife-to-be, a wonderfully creative and curious step-daughter, and the world's best and worst cat. When Ian isn't writing, he tends to be either gardening or writing code for websites. His own site is ianwrites.com, and he can be found on Twitter at @ianrosewrites.