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Liane Whittier

The Thief of Laughter, fiction, June 1, 2008

Get to know Liane...

Birthdate? Long long ago, in a galaxy far far away...

When did you start writing? Shortly after learning that chewing on the crayons just turns your teeth blue.

When and what and where did you first get published? I'm still a noob at the publishing game. My first short story publication was "The Plague Ship" in Flashing Swords 9, February 2008. I was Liane Whittier then.

Why do you write? All the good addictions were already taken.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I like weird stuff. I don't see a reason to buy chocolate or vanilla ice cream when there's blood orange sorbet or bacio gelato on offer; similarly I don't see a reason to write about imaginary dysfunctional families when I could write about imaginary dysfunctional families who take their heads off to sleep.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? I'm going to weasel out of naming a favorite author and just say that my mind was most recently blown by Paolo Bacigalupi's collection Pump Six. The man is a genius. He cannot write a bad story. Well, maybe he can, but he's certainly never published one.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? "Here is a story." I'm not aiming for anything more profound than that. I think stories go off the rails as soon as people start trying to force profundity into them (although Bacigalupi can do this because, again, the man is a genius). So I settle for "here is a story," and hope to succeed just with that.

Do you blog? Where? I do not. I like reading other people's blogs but I, myself, am exceedingly boring and will virtuously save imaginary paper by not writing about it.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? "Here lie her pinky finger and tailbone. We never did find the rest."

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