Renee Asher Pickup

The God in the Machine, fiction, Issue 25, December 1, 2013

Birthdate? July 25
When did you start writing? I know a lot of people say this, but for me it's absolutely true, I've been writing for as long as I can remember. My mom has stories and poems I wrote when I was 7 or 8.
When and what and where did you first get published? I've published non fiction here and there, but my first fiction publication was a story called "Revelations" which ran in the September 2012 issue of Alliterati Magazine.

What themes do you like to write about? I like to explore how people change each other. Chance encounters and/or relationships that transform the people in them. In some of my writing, people change for the better and leave with hope, in some... it's quite the opposite.
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? Tough questions! My all time favorite book is The Dark Half by Stephen King. I saw so much of myself in the protagonist as a teenager that I fell in love with the story, hard. It definitely affected the way I wrote characters. For my science fiction influences, it has to be Philip K. Dick. A Scanner Darkly blew my mind in every possible way, and I would say it influences the way I use science fiction in my writing. A Scanner Darkly was a very human story, the setting and technology was only there to make the work better.
Renee Asher Pickup is a mellowed out punk rocker living in the California Desert. She has had fiction published in places like Alliterati Magazine, Out of the Gutter, Pantheon Magazine, and most recently, All Due Respect. She is editor in chief at Revolt Daily ( and cohosts the Books and Booze Podcast ( where she interviews authors over drinks.