J.C. Hay

Lachesis, poem, September 1, 2009


Birthdate? Walpurgisnacht. The year’s not important.

When did you start writing? Like most writers I know, writing is something I’ve always done. Somewhere along the way I developed the chutzpah to show it to other people, but that’s far different from the writing itself.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication was in James Lowder’s zombie anthology Book of All Flesh (2001, Eden Studios).

Why do you write? Why do people do anything that they love? I do it because to not do it seems an alien concept. I am cranky if I haven’t been writing, which is plenty of reason to keep at it.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? There’s probably a trite answer here, about how it allows me to user metaphor and symbolism to explore themes not readily accessible to other genres, but the real reason is because Speculative Fiction appeals to me on a basic ‘child-like wonder’ level.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? This changes like the tide, naming a single favorite would be next to impossible. Let me list a few authors whose work I always find truly inspiring – Hermann Meliville, Cathrynne Valente, Richard Dansky, Frank Herbert, Clive Barker. There are so many, that’s just my five minute list.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? Family crops up again and again in my fiction—defining it, dealing with the loss of it, dealing with the implications of it. I suspect that means something, but I will leave that to the critics to decide. I just like to tell stories that reach people. 

Do you blog? Where? I tweet. You can follow my on @j_c_hay. I try to talk mostly about writing, but we all know how effective that is.