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Sarina Dorie

The Optimist Police, fiction, Issue 19, June 1, 2012

Speed Dating Books, fiction, Issue 23, June 1, 2013

The Sandman's Lover, fiction, Issue 33, December 1, 2015

                                                    Toothpaste of Life, flash fiction, Issue 40, September 15, 2017

Sarina Dorie has sold over 100 short stories to markets like Daily Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s IGMS, Cosmos, and Sword and Laser. Her stories and published novels have won humor and Romance Writer of America awards. Her steampunk romance series, The Memory Thief and her collections, Fairies, Robots and Unicorns—Oh My! and Ghosts, Werewolves and Zombies—Oh My! are available on Amazon.

A few of her favorite things include: gluten-free brownies (not necessarily glutton-free), Star Trek, steampunk aesthetics, fairies, Severus Snape, Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr. Darcy.

By day, Sarina is a public school art teacher, artist, belly dance performer and instructor, copy editor, fashion designer, event organizer and probably a few other things. By night, she writes. As you might imagine, this leaves little time for sleep.

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When did you start writing?

I started writing when I was six. I never stopped. One of my earliest works was a picture book titled “Kasandra’s Weird Dream.” It was a biographical horror story with magical realism, based on my sister’s nightmare of being chased and bitten by a giant spider and then waking up with spider bites all over her. That story started the ball rolling for many other fantasy and horror stories I’ve written since then.


When and what and where did you first get published?

I sold my first story about six years ago. It was either to Crossed Genres, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind or Daily Science Fiction. In the early days, I wasn’t very good at keeping track of sales, so I am not sure which sale came first.


What themes do you like to write about?

The genres I love to write about are magical urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk and romance. Most of my stories are humorous, which makes sense because I like to laugh. 


As far as themes go, that is a little harder to define. I like to explore relationships. I notice I write a lot of stories about dysfunctional monster families and romances that mirror a beauty and the beast relationship. I pull a lot from my life, little details that inspire me which I then transform into fiction. I write down random, interesting things I hear people say and often use these gems as a line of dialogue for characters.


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?


I find I am influenced by the classics like The Count of Monte Cristo, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights. In a way, all of these stories are tales of love and redemption, but done in different ways. Some of the Victorian influence comes through in my novels like in The Memory Thief, my steampunk series. But I was also was influenced by living in Japan and being a living history reenactor as well. I find the customs and etiquette of different cultures and time periods to be interesting.


Some of that Gothic mystery from Victorian writing like in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights comes across strong in Silent Moon, my paranormal romance novel.


The influence of fairy tales, and twisting those fairy tale tropes, is also a huge influence on many of my short stories and novels. In The Sandman’s Lover, which previously appeared in New Myths, I write about a world with insomnia fairies and sandmen who work behind the scenes to make the world run smoothly. This parody of a fairytale world has spawned many stories, as well as my novel Wrath of the Tooth Fairy that is coming out in a year. My obsession with Harry Potter and the injustice of Severus Snape’s unrequited love influenced the novel I am currently working on, Adventures of an Accidental Witch.

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