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Spencer Koelle

Drinking Problem, fiction, March 1, 2010

Spencer Koelle is a Creative Writing Major at Susquehanna University, endeavoring to uphold the good name of speculative fiction. As a feminist, his greatest inspiration is the great god Dionysus. Like Derek Landy, Spencer enjoys the opportunity to write about himself in the third person without appearing pompous or insane.

Get to know Spencer...

Birthdate? March 30, 1988

When did you start writing? I've always dabbled in narratives, but I began writing with intent to publish in the Summer of 2008.

When and what and where did you first get published? It depends on how you define "published." My poem "Contemporary Literary Paean" was accepted for Pegasus, a non-copyrighted college publication at Delaware County Community College, during my final term there. My first formal publication is "Chick Food", published in the Fall 2009 issue of A Thousand Faces: The Quarterly Journal of Superhuman Fiction.

Why do you write? Because I have so many intriguing ideas buzzing in my head, seeking release.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? Because the ideas I have always involve a speculative fiction element. I think about story ideas by running of a fantasy or scifi concept I've seen or by adding it to something in real life. I can't not write Fantasy and Sci-Fi. On top of that, I really like writing about monsters and magic.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? My favorite author is Garth Nix, who in addition to being born with a perfect name for a dark fantasy writer, displays a range of ability, a world-writing restraint, and a sense of mystery and wonder that are sadly lacking in a lot of fantasy today. My favorite story is the one I haven't written yet.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? Monsters are awesome.

Do you blog? Where? No thanks, I'm vegetarian.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? Here lies somebody who still hopes to get another manuscript published.

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