Her Very Shape and the Way She Says My Words, flash fiction, Issue 24, September 1, 2013
Birthdate? June 11
When did you start writing? I've started writing three separate times, in my mid-teens, again in my early twenties, and again in 2010, at my wife's urging. The first two times I stopped. The third time I finally stuck with it, and approached it with the necessary seriousness
When and what and where did you first get published? Technically, my first publication was a little tidbit in the Mississippi Review in about 1992. I don't really count that. My first story publication was "Remodel With Swan Parts" in Electric Spec in 2011.
What themes do you like to write about? My stories seem to be about the discovery that something (often a person) is not what we thought it was. They're often about altering perceptions or shifting states of mind.
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? When I first became very serious about fiction, I fell in love with Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner, then a little later, Raymond Carver. Even though I came back to fiction writing from the genre angle, I still love those guys. Now I most impressed and motivated by the writing of Laird Barron, Elizabeth Hand, Caitlin Kiernan and others who bring high literary standards to the telling of strange and dark stories. Most recent favorite discoveries are Karin Tidbeck and Richard Gavin.
Michael Griffin’s short fiction has appeared in such periodicals as Apex Magazine, Black Static, Lovecraft eZine, and others, as well as the Thomas Ligotti tribute anthology The Grimscribe’s Puppets. He also has work forthcoming in Mighty in Sorrow a Current 93 tribute.
He’s an electronic ambient musician and founder of Hypnos Recordings, an ambient music record label he operates with his wife in Portland, Oregon. He blogs at griffinwords.com and his Twitter feed is @griffinwords.