Laura LeHew

The Boy Who Cried Fire, flash fiction, Dec 1, 2007

Birthdate? 11/29/57

When did you start writing? 7 years ago

When and what and where did you first get published?  Wolf Tales and You Have Male were accepted at the same time for The Peralta Press in their first issue on Spring '01.

Why do you write? Really, I have no choice in the matter.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? Growing up I shared a room with my two younger sisters. Every night my mother would read to us from Grimm’s Fairy Tales. These stories were often unpredictable, cruel, typically ending with a moral. They were not the gentrified Disney fairy tales served up today. I loved them. Shortly after I learned to read, my mother did two other things to encourage my reading and imagination. First, she forbade me to read anything on the top book shelf. Writers like Robert Heinlein, Larry Niven, Theodore Sturgeon were kept there. "No" was not a word that sat well with me, especially if there was no adequate answer to my inevitable “why?”. Second she insisted that we, me and my sisters, accompany her to the weekly Holiday Drive-In for the all night creature features; and that I stay awake while my sisters slept. The original War of the Worlds is still one of the scariest movies I’ve seen and similar to the tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower.

Do you blog? Where? Nope.

Laura LeHew is an award winning poet whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals/anthologies as Alehouse Press, Arabesques Review, Ellipsis, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Pank, PMS, and Tiger’s Eye. Well on her way to being a crazy cat lady she resides in sunny Oregon with her husband and their five “children.”