The Hand of Loki, flash fiction, Issue 38, March 15, 2017
Birthday? July 26, 1978
When did you start writing? As soon as I could write; before that I used my poor mother as a scribe.
When and what and where did you first get published? In 1999, I won the Asimov Award for Undergrads (now called the Dell Award), and that was my start. I sold a few things in 2000-2001 and have been at it ever since.
What themes do you like to write about? Oh gosh, it varies a lot. Memory is a big one for me. Quantum mechanics and the environment got tangled up somewhere along the line (my degree work is in physics), and both of them got tangled with family relationships, so...that one's always hard to explain.
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? For this story I think I would be remiss not to mention one of my earliest influences, which was D'Aulaire's Norse Gods and Giants (now D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths). They gave me a very strong sense of the chiaroscuro world of Norse myth in ways that have stuck with me my entire life. Another thing that tells you both what kind of kid I was and what kind of writer I am is my love of Lloyd Alexander's Westmark series. I read quite a lot, honestly, so it's hard for me to choose whether to mention Pamela Dean or C.J. Cherryh, Dorothy Sayers or Colin Cotterill, Jill Lepore or Steven Ozment. I am a book sponge, and it probably shows.
Marissa Lingen writes science fiction and fantasy for adults and kids. She lives in the Minneapolis suburbs with two large men and one small dog. She loves baking, cooking, hiking, hockey, and papercutting, to name a few. Visit her at