Nicky Drayden

The Last Pharmacist, fiction, March 1, 2009

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When did you start writing?
 Seriously, about four years ago after hearing about National Novel Writing Month. I couldn't wait until November to start, so I wrote my first novel during April in about 25 days.

When and what and where did you first get published? July 2008, I sold my first piece of fiction to Flash Me Magazine -- a humor short story about a blundering pirate who's got one last chance at sailing the open seas again.

Why do you write? I wasn't aware I had the option not to.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? Because those are the story ideas that keep me up at night and prod me out of bed in the morning before my alarm goes off.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? My favorite author is probably Neal Stephenson. I really admire the stuff that comes out of his brain. My favorite novel though is The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett, hilarious and a great adventure.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? I don't really have an agenda with my fiction other than to make people laugh or think, or both.

Nicky Drayden is a Systems Analyst who has made the recent life decision that she'd rather spend her time working with prose than code. She resides in Austin, Texas where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required. You can see more of her work at