Love Guaranteed, fiction, June 1, 2010
Never Too Old, poem, Issue 15, June 1, 2011
Birthdate? June 1, 1977
When did you start writing? I've dabbled for many years, but I started taking writing "seriously" about a year and a half ago.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first fiction publication was in a literary magazine produced by my college--UC Santa Cruz. It was a small tale of a Santa Cruz hippie who's been selected by aliens to be humanity's ambassador in the stars.
Why do you write? I write because I've been deeply touched by things I've read. I'm interested in learning to create such spiritual experiences (for they are), for others.
Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?They're fun genres. They allow a writer to use the full measure of his imagination as he creates, not only specific characters and situations, but races, timelines, entire worlds and realities.
Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?
What are you trying to say with your fiction?
Do you blog? Where? Poorly and sporadically, but yes I do: http://tcpowellfiction.blogspot.com/
If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
1977 - 2418
Husband, Father, Author, Bazillionaire.
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 question(s). I'm a reader first, an author second, and so those works which have resonated with me usually have been on that first level. I've loved the character work of Stephen King; the plotting of Thomas Hardy; the scope of adventure in Tolkien; the philosophical-theme structure of Hesse. Comparing what I write to what I've read always leaves me feeling bad, so I try not to do it. But I'm sure that everything I attempt bears the mark of the things that I love. To what extent that's true -- as to how derivative I ultimately am -- I'm going to leave that as a question for my centuries-later biographers. :D