Lucia Cole

The Painter and the Dandelion, flash fiction, issue 48, September 2019

Lucia Cole is originally from New York but doesn't like to stay in one place for too long.  She teaches English for a living and loves cuddling with her two cats.  

Get to know Lucia...

When did you start writing?

I have been writing since I was six.  My kindergarten teacher gave us a free writing assignment, and somehow I still remember how excited I was to choose a topic of my own.  I even remember that I wrote about my weekend with my cousin—nothing profound, but there was agency to it. I believe that triggered my desire to write.  I would always carry a journal and be working on some ambitious novel that would never exceed ten pages before another idea would distract me. These amateur expositions were later lost to the crashing of hard drives and the demagnetization of floppy disks.  Anyway, sometimes it is the process that matters.

Why do you write?

It is the most humane way to be a control freak.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

Abstraction allows us to see reality more clearly.  Through it, the obvious and mundane, which are otherwise ignored or simply not seen, become foreign and dazzling.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?

I have no answer to this question.

What are you trying to say with your fiction?

It depends on the story.  In regards to art, inspiring thought is sometimes just as important as conveying a message.

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

Finally finished something.

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