Enhancements of an Imminent Kind, poem, Issue 38, March 15, 2017
Birthday? September 27, 1962
When did you start writing? Words. Spoken, written, hidden in thoughts...how I adore them. Math, not so much. So, I began writing in my high school geometry class. I'd finish up my work as fast as possible, then let my mind slip into realms of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
When and what and where did you first get published? Great question! I wish I could remember, but raising six, fascinating children has resulted in years that rushed by too quickly. I started out getting some parenting pieces published, and then short stories and poems. Sleep deprivation, while not a welcomed thing, led the way for some bizarre short stories and poems.
What themes do you like to write about? I enjoy writing about consequences. We all make choices that, at times, result in horrible consequences. Exploring the darker side of life to actually highlight how to make life better is something I usually write about. I also find human nature quite interesting. Why we do, what we do...opens up endless possibilities for fiction and poetry. Why do some individuals risk their lives for a stranger? What makes a person fill with hate, revenge, love, empathy, and so on? And then the aliens. I cannot leave them out. I write a lot about meeting aliens. Nothing would please me more, than to find out I am one.
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 favorite book is the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The main character, Edmond Dantès, who is a merchant sailor, is arrested due to being accused of treason. He is imprisoned in the Château d'If, which is hell on earth. Betrayal, love, and revenge mix to create a memorable story saturated with choices and consequences that change the lives of the characters forever.
Taking time to ponder why Edmond does what he does, and what he could have done differently kept me turning the pages. He suffers a great deal because of betrayal, but he fights on. His perseverance has definitely inspired my characters. I respect people who never give up, who grow because of the pain they have endured. I like to think the future is what we make of it.
Nora Weston’s fiction and poetry slips in-between and all around science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The most terrifying things Nora has encountered are teenagers...with driving permits, and she’s taught six of these frightening creatures to drive. Her publishing credits include novels, anthologies, plus fiction and poetry in magazines of various genres, including; Insolent Rudder, Decompositions, Bete Noire, The Harrow, Eye to the Telescope, The Hacker’s Source, Star*Line, and Hoboeye. New work will be published soon at Speculative 66. She’s had the pleasure of reaching people through the airwaves on radio stations throughout the US.