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Lucy A. Snyder

An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin, nonfiction, Issue 29, December 1, 2014

Lucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the dark urban fantasy novels SpellbentShotgun SorceressSwitchblade Goddess, and the collections Orchid CarousalsSparks and ShadowsChimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her most recent books are Shooting Yourself In The Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer's Survival Guide (Post Mortem Press) and Soft Apocalypses (Raw Dog Screaming Press). Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex MagazineNightmare MagazineStrange HorizonsWeird TalesHellbound HeartsDark FaithChiaroscuroGUDChiral Mad 2, and Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5. You can learn more about her at

Get to know Lucy...
When did you start writing? I started writing pretty soon after I started reading as a kid. It was Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time that simultaneously hooked me as a lifelong science fiction/fantasy reader and fixed me on the idea of writing fantasy and SF instead of mainstream work. I remember that the book spoke to me in a way that nothing I'd read until then really had, and I had that shivery sense of wonder you get with really good speculative fiction. And I thought to myself that if I could write something that made another person feel the way I was feeling, then that would have to be the best job in the
When and what and where did you first get published? I placed some fiction and poetry with my college literary magazine, but my first speculative fiction sale was to Midnight Zoo my senior year; in an interesting bit of small-world coincidence, my current agent was the managing editor.
What themes do you like to write about? I mostly write in different sub-genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I occasionally do media tie-in work and have written stories for a Doctor Who anthology and a Hellraiser anthology. I've written some erotica, but I haven't written any romance (some readers picked up my urban fantasy novels expecting them to be romances and were not prepared for all the demonic mayhem). My science fiction is also often fairly dark, and my horror is darker still.

I've written a fair bit of zombie fiction and other post-apocalyptic fiction; I also write Lovecraftian fiction, steampunk, arcanepunk, biopunk, weird westerns, alternate history, quiet horror, social science fiction ... if I enjoy it as a reader, chances are I've written it.

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