Lynette Mejia

a drowning/Leviathan, poetry, Issue 23, June 1, 2013

Tyger, Tyger, flash fiction, Issue 26, March 1, 2014


Birthdate? March, 10, 1972
 
When did you start writing? I've always written, in one form or another. I was keeping detailed diaries at age 8. Stories and (really bad) angsty poetry as a teenager. Over the years I wrote stories for friends, and poetry for myself. It didn't occur to me, however, that this could be a job, that I could actually make money doing it, until 2007. 
 
When and what and where did you first get published? My first acceptance was a horror short story called "What Goes Around." It was published in Twisted Tongue Magazine in 2008. I only recently added poetry to my work, and I had my first poem accepted by Strange Horizons last fall.

What themes do you like to write about? I like to write stories and poems that have something to say about what it means to be Other. Whether they are human or not, my characters are always set apart in some way. It's a theme I come back to again and again, because I think it's a central concern of modern life. There are very few places left in the world where people don't interact with someone who is different from them; how we negotiate that relationship is, I think, the question of our age.
 
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? My special love has always been mythology and fairy tales from all cultures. These are our oldest stories; the ones we've been telling one another since time began. They resonate with me because they carry within them the weight of our collective experiences and shared history. Even when I have no intention of doing so, some aspect of a myth or a fairy tale will almost always find it's way into my work, and I like that--it makes me feel as if I'm a part of a conversation going back thousands of years. 

Biography 
Lynette Mejía writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror prose and poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Redstone Science Fiction, Everyday Weirdness, Daily Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons. She is currently working on a master’s degree in English at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a concentration on Pre-Raphaelite poetry and creative writing. She is also hard at work on her first novel. She lives in Lafayette, Louisiana with her husband, three children, four cats, one dog, and one fish.