Owen Kerr

Coyote Blessing, fiction, June 1, 2009



Birthdate? August 24, 1969
 
When did you start writing? For fun - 1983ish. For profit - 1999
 
When and what and where did you first get published? April 9,1999 - Adventure Pizza: Home Turf Advantage - Pyramid magazine. It was a role-playing adventure for a popular gaming magazine.
 
Why do you write? Several reasons: I have stories to tell; I love language; and I'm a better writer than many authors I've read. 
 
Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? Speculative fiction lets me set the parameters in which my characters will interact. I'm a big fan of "What If" questions.
 
Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Harlan Ellison. Short story - "The Rhinoceros and the Unicorn" by Diana L. Paxson. Novel(s) - 'The Wizard Knight' series by Gene Wolfe 
 
What are you trying to say with your fiction? "Pay me for  writing." or "Here's a good story. Enjoy it." Seriously, my main themes are relationships, addiction, and how one can relate to the other. I worry about the 'message' of the story after the first few drafts. If I have an axe to grind, I tweak the incidentals of the story to support my viewpoint.  
 
If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

Here lies the biological remains of Owen Sterling Kerr (Prime)
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Biography
Owen S. Kerr has been a professional actor, rodeo cook, math teacher, waiter, husband, playtester, journalist, father and construction worker.  He writes a little, too.  His work has appeared in the Phoenix New Times, Pyramid Magazine, and On The Premises.