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Mary E. Lowd

Many Tiny Feet, flash fiction, Issue 40, September 2017


Mary E. Lowd writes stories and collects creatures. She’s had four novels and more than ninety short stories published so far. Her fiction has won an Ursa Major Award and two Cóyotl Awards. Meanwhile, she’s collected a husband, daughter, son, bevy of cats and dogs, and the occasional fish. The stories, creatures, and Mary live together in a crashed spaceship disguised as a house, hidden in a rose garden in Oregon.  Read more of Mary’s stories at www.deepskyanchor.com.








Get to Know Mary:

Birthday? An August in the 80s.

When did you start writing?  Arguably, I started writing before I could even read.  When I was very young, my mother would transcribe stories as I made them up.  So, by the time I could actually put the words down on paper myself, I was already used to thinking of myself as a storyteller.  Sometime in fifth grade, I decided it was my calling.

When and what and where did you first get published?  My first publication was a short story called "Forget Me Not" in Northwest Passages: A Cascadian Anthology in September, 2005.  The collection featured speculative fiction set in the Pacific Northwest, and my story was about a man addicted to a memory drug, living in Portland, Oregon.  Of course, I found a way to sneak in a reference to Powell's Book Store.

What themes do you like to write about?  My favorite topics are generally all some variant of talking animals in space.  Though, I also like to explore questions of identity, memory, and the intersection of science, technology, and society.

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 life changed course when I was nine and read Watership Down.  I never recovered from the power of that story about a band of bunnies searching for a new home -- it set me on a lifelong mission to find, read, and write stories about talking animals.  I was also deeply influenced by the work of Douglas Adams; his lighthearted mix of science-fiction ideas and humor is something I aspire to.

Website?  www.marylowd.com
Twitter?  @Ryffnah

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