Lorraine Schein, an IN THE AIR Author Interview


On the verge of a new anthology, we are celebrating IN THE AIR with a behind the scenes view of authors and their stories. Here’s a look at Lorraine Schein and her story “Wind Advisory.”



Tell me a little about your story and the world you’ve created.

My story was inspired by the book Defining the Wind: and How a 19th-Century Admiral Turned Science into Poetry by Scott Huler. It is about the creation of the Beaufort Scale, a table of descriptive measurements of wind strength still used today, created by Sir Francis Beaufort and others. I was so impressed by the language of the scale, which is both precise and poetic, that I created a being who could directly experience its ascending winds descriptions in our world.

What came first, the plot or the characters?

The character.

If you had to describe your protagonist in three words, what would they be?

Exuberant, metahuman, surreal.

Which scene was the most difficult to write and why?

Getting the imagery of the first paragraph right was hardest, as I had to visualize how the head would look and function in order to fly.

What were you trying to achieve with this story?

Poetic effect and making readers aware of the wind scale.



What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Read, eat chocolate, sleep. Read my Tarot cards.

Do you have any suggestions to help others become better writers? If so, what are they?

Persist. And then persist more.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a writer/poet.

What is your favorite writing tool or technique?

I usually start by writing a draft with a pen on paper, then type it up.

How would you describe your general writing voice and tone?

Poetic, surreal, and sometimes satirical.




Lorraine Schein is a NY poet and writer. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, VICE Terraform, Syntax and Salt, and Star*Line and in the anthologies MultiverseTragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana del Rey & Sylvia Plath, and Aphrodite Terra.


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