Carnival of Stone, flash fiction, December 1, 2011
When did you start writing? I always wrote as a kid, but got away from it during college. It wasn't until a few years ago that I got serious enough about it to finish a novel. In-between novels, I took up short stories and found them really addictive.
When and what and where did you first get published? A 100-word Jack and Jill piece called "The Prize" to Necrotic Tissue. It was also my first submission ever.
What themes do you like to write about? I like grey characters. People who appear innocent with an underlying darkness. People who have noble reasons for doing the wrong thing. And if I can squeeze in a fairy tale or mythological reference, I'm even happier.
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? Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, both of which I've read hundreds of times. I love the cleverness of the language and the imaginative characters. There's also something quite dark beneath the innocent surface of the stories.
Jaelithe Ingold was named after a character in Andre Norton's Witch World series, so it's no great surprise that she loves speculative fiction. She used to prepare fossils for display at the Carnegie Museum and is now a retail manager. Her work has most recently appeared in Abyss & Apex, Shock Totem and Fantastique Unfettered.