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T.K. Cowen

Old Dog and the Greys, poetry, Issue 20, September 1, 2012

T.K. Cowen, I was born in Wyoming but moved to Alaska when I was one year old so that makes me, I believe, an official Alaskan. I'm one of eight children and mother of five. With the man of my choice and the one child too young to leave the nest, I live in a house on a hill overlooking Anchorage and the Cook Inlet. When I'm not at my part time job at a greenhouse I spend my time biking, hiking and sailing with my son and, of course, writing.

Get to know T.K. Cowen...

When did you start writing? I've been dabbling since grade school.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first published work was a poem entitled "A Storm Breaks" written in the back seat of the car on a Singer sewing center bag while on a road trip with my family. It won a contest sponsored by Writer's Digest for which I received publication and a year's subscription to the magazine.
What themes do you like to write about? Any, all--I like exploring different viewpoints, hence, the tale of an alien abduction from the viewpoint of the family dog. In my other most recently published work I wrote as the saddle about westward expansion in the early U. S.

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? Wow, huge question.  I've been influenced by authors as diverse as Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Heinlein and Suzanne Collins--Poe for his fearlessness in subject matter, Heinlein for his ability to create an alien universe in which I felt at home, Collins for her sharp, clear style and powerful characters. I deeply admire Patricia Highsmith for her delicate approach to some nasty subjects and Christopher Moore for connecting me to his unutterable weirdness.

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