In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at Abra Staffin-Wiebe and her story “Road of Dreams.”
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
Probably a dream.
Did you have to do any research? If so, what kind? What did you learn?
No research required. This is all based on fairy tales and pop culture that I grew up with.
Can you tell me a little bit about your protagonist?
She is a dream-spinner who lives off of the energy of those who embrace the dreams she makes.
Tell me about the setting you chose and how it influences your work.
It is a dream setting. In a very real sense, the setting is the story.
Which phrase are you most proud of in this story?
“In the tallest tower, Lady Felicity starves.”
If your story was front-page news, what would the headline be?
Dream Parasite Starving From Lack of Hope. Can It Be Saved?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Registration fees for a small local literary fantasy convention. It is small enough that I’ve made valuable connections, and it’s high-level enough that what I’ve learned has improved my writing.
If you had to put your name on someone else’s book/story, which would it be and why?
I would choose one book out of the middle of a popular long-running series, to mess with people—why is this person’s name in the middle of the series??—and get follow-through sales of my own writing.
When did you decide to take writing seriously?
Shortly after I got married, when my smart, insightful, supportive husband pointed out that I acted much less crazy when I’d been writing.
If you could choose a single superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to make climate change-causing technology stop working. Or, on a lighter note, a high energy level whenever I want it! I can only imagine how much I could get done if I never got tired.
Abra Staffin-Wiebe loves optimistic science fiction, cheerful horror, and dark fantasy. Dozens of her short stories have appeared at publications including Tor.com, F&SF, Escape Pod, and Odyssey Magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, where she wrangles her children, pets, and the mad scientist she keeps in the attic. When not writing or wrangling, she collects folk tales and photographs whatever stands still long enough to allow it. Her most recent book, The Unkindness of Ravens, is an epic fantasy coming-of-age story about trickster gods and favors owed. Enjoy an excerpt here: http://www.aswiebe.com/moreunkindness.html