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M.O. Muriel

Bonesy, Illustration, December 1, 2009

Flip-Flop, Flash Fiction, September 1, 2009

M. O. Muriel's relevant credits include a B.A. in Creative Writing, which she achieved with high honors from the University of New Mexico, cum laude (May 2004). She also has three consecutive Honorable Mention wins in the L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Short Story Contest (Q3 and Q4, 2007; Q1, 2009), and has fiction sales in AlienSkin Magazine.

Get to know M.O...

Birthday? 9/14/1980

When did you start writing? Novel-length works--7 years old.

When did you start illustrating? Before I began writing stories to illustrate--I saw them first in my head, and art was my first expression.

When and what and where did you first get published? AlienSkin Magazine, in their Febuary/March 2009 issue.

When and where did you sell your first illustration? Right here, at NewMyths--yay!

Why do you write? Because I have way too many stories battling out epic soliloquies in my head for the number one position, so I need to flush 'em out before my head explodes. Really? I love to entertain people--and sometimes entertain the notion that I can give readers something lasting to take with them. No, I'm just kidding, it's really for immortality <evil, maniacal laughter>.

Why do you paint or draw? The same as why I write: to get the ideas out of my head and make way for the other things crowding in to receive an expression.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? It's escapist (even if it has strong, real-world themes). Lets face it, everyone, in their heart of hearts, reads to escape from the real world, and speculative fiction is as far from the real world as possible.

Why do you illustrate Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? Because the fantastical is so much more fun to work with. If a picture is worth a thousand words, spec fic stretches the boundaries that much more.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Oooh, so many: I could say J. R. R. Tolkien's Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, or George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones Series. Frank Herbert and Brian Herbert with Kevin J. Anderson's Dune series--all the classics. I could also say J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books (she's not a billionaire because she can't write or tell a darn good story). One of my all-time favorites is Michael Swanwick's little known The Iron Dragon's Daughter. Oh, did you say just one?

What is your medium of choice for illustrations? Do you work in any other medium? I've become a connoisseur. Right now I'm obsessed with multimedia collage, because it allows my illustrations to break the bounds of fantastical and achieve higher realities than simple sketch, pen & ink, acrylic, photography, or CG paint programs alone can do.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? Hum . . . I'm trying to reawaken the age when people had real stories to tell: adventure, excitement, passion, emotion, epic universal themes (more for the longer fiction, but I can still touch on this a bit in short stories and whisper it in flash-fiction), characters whom the reader can truly identify with no matter where they're from in western society or what universe the characters are from, attention to detail, research-research-research especially because it's speculative. And, might I dare . . . a point? None of this artsy-fartsy, cheep thrill, popcorn. Okay, that's flash-fiction for the most part, but it's still all in good fun.

Does Bonesy the illustration have a story behind it? Please share it. Read the story on NewMyths, "Bonesy"--it's great!

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? "Flattery will get you . . . everywhere." Ah, and: "May you never drink from the wrong side of the glass!"

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