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Regina Clarke

Distraction, fiction, Issue 27, June 1, 2014

Regina Clarke has a doctorate in English Literature and has worked as a technical writer in high tech companies, focusing on network management systems, virtual protocols and military surveillance software. Her stories have appeared in Thrice FictionOver My Dead Body!Kzine (in the U.K.), and Bewildering Stories, among other magazines. Two more have been accepted and will be published in January 2014. She has also ghost-written an autobiography for an Indian preacher, published a book on environmental management that has been used for city planning and building safety around the country, and created an online workbook on soul development for the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach. In the spring of 2012 she was a finalist in the Hollywood SCRIPTOID Screenwriter’s Feature Challenge for her script “Second Chances.”

Her passion is for mysteries, film noir, science fiction B-grade movies, biographies of writers, metaphysics, and all wildlife. She has a brilliant son who lives in Austin, Texas. After working on both coasts, in Texas, and overseas, she has settled in the Hudson River Valley of New York state and it pleases her no end to live not very far from where Rod Serling grew up. 

Regina owns a very green eclectus parrot named Harry who talks a great deal about himself. Her favorite venue of choice is the local coffee shop, preferably with a bookstore attached. 

Get to Know Regina...

Birth date? December 7

When did you start writing? At age 6, and never stopped.
When and what and where did you first get published? For fiction: January 13, 2012 "Echoes," in Subtle Fiction (New Zealand).
What themes do you like to write about? The ambience of place, and of belonging, or not.
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? SO many, among them: David Copperfield, A Midsummer Night's Dream, "Nightfall," "A Game for Blondes" (MacDonald's best), Rendezvous with Rama, most of the mystery writers from the last hundred years or so, "Rule of Three," Dune, Oversoul Seven, and scripts for films like The Day the Earth Stood Still and It Came from Outer Space, anything done by J.J. Abrams, and Ronald Moore's Battlestar Galactica...the list is large, always growing. What these and the rest hold in common, apart from wonderful storytelling, is the intensity of the author who wants to present something authentic, no matter the risk, to explain what lies within the story that is not only sub-text but also truth-telling. Such writers seem to me to accept the premise that finding the heart of what they want to say and the words to do that are what make a good day, no matter what. They write for their own meandering path of reality and substance and to grasp ephemeral and hidden awareness. That's what I seek, as well.

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