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Sylvia Hiven

Out of Frozen Shadow, fiction, Issue 16, September 1, 2011

Of Mud I Built It, fiction, Issue 12, September 1, 2010

Sylvia Hiven was born in Sweden but lives and writes in Atlanta, Georgia. Her fiction has appeared in over thirty-five publications, including PseudoPodFlash Me MagazineEscapePodEveryday Fiction, and others. She edits the speculative fiction magazine Lingerfiction ( 

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Get to know Sylvia...

Birthdate? 7/5/79

When did you start writing? When I was seven years old. The first day of school when we were given blue notebooks to write stories in.

When and what and where did you first get published? In Absent Willow Review, May of 2009, my short story "When the First Petal Falls" was published.

Why do you write? It's great fun to create worlds and characters and events from nothing but my own imagination. 

What themes do you like to write about? I like to write about small moments that change people's lives.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? Because there are no limits to what can happen in worlds that aren't real.

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 am often inspired by dark fairy tales, and stories with confident style and elegant prose.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Stephen King. My favorite story is his short story, "Word Processor of the Gods". 

What are you trying to say with your fiction? Mostly the themes I explore are about troubled relationships, and how even the closest people can become estranged and hurt each other, no matter how unintentional.

Do you blog? Where? Yes, on my website,

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? "She did everything she wanted to do."

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