Join us as we peek behind the scenes of our upcoming anthology, ON TIME. Learn more about Jennifer Loring in her featured interview.
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
I read Phil Plait’s book Death from the Skies! a number of years ago and became obsessed with the idea of the universe ending as he describes it late in the book. There’s also an episode of The Universe that deals with the same concept, which gave me the idea of the ships huddled around a dwarf star, clinging to that last bit of light.
Can you tell us a little bit about your protagonist?
She’s an unnamed bioengineer on one of the ships that’s following whatever stars are left in search of light and energy—one of the few humans deemed “important” enough to escape the doomed Earth and perpetuate the survival of the species.
What is the most interesting thing about the world you’ve created?
Because so much of it is based on theoretical physics and quantum mechanics, the most interesting part was imagining what would become of a human being in the Black Hole Era and beyond, should one be capable of surviving that long.
What genre or mix of genres does your story fit into?
It’s pretty much straightforward science fiction.
How have your personal experiences influenced this story?
No direct personal experiences were an influence, obviously, but it does reflect my love of astronomy.
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
The old-school “sense of wonder” in science fiction; what Jeff Prucher defines in Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction as “a feeling of awakening or awe triggered by an expansion of one’s awareness of what is possible or by confrontation with the vastness of space and time, as brought on by reading science fiction.”
What was your favorite part of the story to write and why?
That’s a tough one. It’s a story I’d wanted to write for years and which had a couple of false starts before it finally came together. So, I guess I’d have to say that the whole thing is my favorite part, because here we are!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When did you write your first story, how old were you, and what was it about?
I was eleven or so, and I don’t remember what it was about—I think it involved murder, and I’m 100% sure it was terrible.
What is your writing survival checklist? (Aka, what helps your write the best: music, snacks, coffee, complete silence, a stress ball, a cat, or an outline, etc.)
Music—I listen mostly to black metal and funeral doom, dark trap, video game soundtracks, and various forms of electronic music. Anything dark.
Coffee and water.
I write all my first drafts longhand, so a good notebook and a smooth black-ink pen.
And usually one of my basset hounds is nearby.
What has influenced you most as a writer?
Aside from individual writers, probably fairy tales, folklore, and mythology from various cultures. I’ve done direct retellings as well as incorporated it into work in more subtle ways. Video games—mainly survival horror, but also fantasy/action RPGs to some extent—have also been a huge influence.
What font do you prefer to write in?
Times New Roman. Why write in a font I’ll have to change later?
Do you have any writing blogs/vlogs/podcasts, etc. that you would recommend?
Terrible Minds (Chuck Wendig), Helping Writers Become Authors, Writer’s Edit, and One Stop for Writers are blogs/sites I regularly visit. I love podcasts but mostly listen to cryptozoology, cults, and murder.
What is your favorite and least favorite word, and why?
My favorite word is a French word—“pantoufle,” which means “slipper.” It’s just so charming and fun to say. Least favorite word…Trump? Self-explanatory. 😀
Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has been published widely both online and in print, appearing alongside Graham Masterton, Joe R. Lansdale, Ramsey Campbell, Ken Liu, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Clive Barker. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction with a concentration in horror fiction and is currently working toward a PhD in Creative Writing. Jenn lives with her husband in Philadelphia, PA, where they are owned by a turtle and two basset hounds.
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