Lisa Fox

In the Image of Evie, flash fiction, issue 48, September 2019


Lisa Fox is a pharmaceutical market research consultant by day and fiction writer by night. Her short fiction has appeared in publications including Luna Station Quarterly, Cleaning Up Glitter, The Satirist, Theme of Absence, Credo Espoir, Unlikely Stories Mark V, Ellipsis Zine, and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, as well as various anthologies. She won first place in the NYC Midnight 2018 Short Screenplay contest and placed third out of over 3000 writers in NYC Midnight’s 2018 Flash Fiction Challenge. Lisa resides in northern New Jersey with her husband, two sons, and their oversized dog, and relishes the chaos of everyday suburban life.





Get to know Lisa…


Birthdate?


Capricorn, born in 1974



When did you start writing?


Teen angst poetry in high school. I think they call it "emo" now. I wrote all through college and then stopped for a very long time as responsibilities of work and family took precedence. I started writing again just over three years ago and it's like getting back together with an old friend.


When and what and where did you first get published?


My first publications were in my high school and college literary magazines. One short story and a lot of poetry.



Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?


Sci Fi and fantasy help us shine a light on the human condition. With SciFi and Fantasy, it's all about looking at our world and the experiences we share through a different lens. These are two genres that really make a reader think - there are so many layers that can be built into a single story. I find it both challenging and exhilarating.



Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?


That is such a tough question! My tastes are very eclectic - spanning from Stephen King to Jodi Picoult to Ayn Rand to Kristin Hannah and everywhere in between. I tend to read Nicholas Sparks stories on airplanes and often gravitate toward YA dystopian fiction - I loved the "Divergent" series.  Probably my favorite book of all time, though, is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Every line is so beautifully written and so deliberate. It is like a work of art. I've started reading Alice Hoffman as well, after seeing her as a keynote at a writer's conference. The Museum of Extraordinary Things was wonderful. So, it's really impossible to nail down a specific author, story, or genre. I just love to read. Sometimes I actually find myself reading the back of a cereal box if it's the only thing around.



What are you trying to say with your fiction?


I think good fiction makes you stop and think. People don't do enough of that. I've been trying to instill in my two sons a love of the written word and while they often ask me "why is it so important to you that I read?" I tell them that fiction is all about the human experience - thinking about our own emotions and fears through the eyes of a fictional character. It helps us be more empathetic and be better people at the end of the day. I'm not sure I'm necessarily trying to "say" something, generally, with my fiction, but each story I write brings in a little something different - whether it's an emotion, a feeling, something or someone I've been thinking about. And again, that goes back to the experience of being a human being. I hope I'm able to make people think, and to feel something, in these worlds I build.



If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?


There's a great quote from Maya Angelou: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." That pretty much sums it up.  




Do you blog?

Not really. Not yet. I managed to muddle my way through creating an author website, so maybe I will in time.







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