Torah Cottrill

The Curse, flash fiction, Issue 25, December 1, 2013

Birthdate? May 27
When did you start writing? I don't really remember, but I think I wrote my first story when I was 8. I didn't start writing fiction seriously as an adult, though, until three years ago when writer friends invited me to join a writers' circle. They taught me and encouraged me, both things that I hope to pass on to other writers.
When and what and where did you first get published? I was invited to join the writers' cooperative Monumental Works Group. My first published story, "Many Doors," appeared in their anthology Dreams in Shadow almost two years ago.
What themes do you like to write about? I'm interested in taking standard tropes (the evil queen, the abandoned infant, the innocent victim of crime) and turning them inside out.
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 was astonished and fascinated by the Women of Wonder anthologies edited by Pamela Sergeant. Vonda McIntyre, Joan Vinge, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Kit Reed, Kate Wilhelm--I learned the many ways women can be compelling characters (and fantastic writers) from these authors. 
I've lived and traveled all over the world, including a stint as a Foreign Service Officer in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, before settling in the Pacific Northwest with a fixed number of children and a variable number of pets. By day I'm an editor; in the evenings, I tie on my dark mask and prowl the rooftops, moonlighting as a writer.