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William Broom

Bear Skin, Smoking Mountain, Fiction, issue 40, September 2017

William Broom lives in Melbourne, Australia. While he writes fiction to pay the bills, his true passion is running an ironing delivery service. Or it could be the other way around. He likes to play board games, collects cassette tapes, and occasionally performs occult rituals to bring himself good fortune. His fiction has previously been published in Canary Press Short Story Magazine, The Never Never Land anthology, and (forthcoming) in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

3rd of June 1992.

When did you start writing?
I remember I wanted to write before I was old enough to understand how to work a computer keyboard, so my mum used to type out stories that I dictated to her.
When and what and where did you first get published?
My first published story was in the Canary Press Short Story Magazine. It was called "Restaurant" and was only about 200 words long. It presented an alternative idea about where babies come from.
What themes do you like to write about?
Religion and spirituality fascinate me, especially in the context of fantasy fiction. What does it mean to come into contact with the divine in a world where supernatural phenomena are tangibly real? I also like to draw inspiration from history, and to show my characters existing within the context of larger forces and events.

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 think a lot of the fiction that I love most comes from several decades back. Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea novels and Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun represent the Platonic ideal of the fantasy novel for me. What they do so perfectly is to create the feeling that their stories are only small windows onto a much larger and more complex world. That's what I strive for in my own work.