Join us as we peek behind the scenes of our upcoming anthology, ON TIME. Learn more about Avra Margariti in her featured interview.
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
The roaring twenties being back in style. It’s been a century since 1920, and things are coming full circle. I thought it was the perfect era for a time-travel story.
Can you tell us a little bit about your protagonist?
My protagonists go by the names Adam and Eve. They are kindred spirits, although they were born decades apart in linear time, and first met each other while traveling through space and time. They share an appreciation for the finer things history has to offer and both gravitate toward queer spaces.
What is the most interesting thing about the world you’ve created?
I am intrigued by the notion that in order to win something, you have to sacrifice something else. In “Spinning Hands, Flipping Pages,” time-travel is possible for my protagonists, but not without consequences. They get to meet each other again and again through time and space, and they get to experience history’s many wonders first-hand, but their bodies are deteriorating as a result.
What genre or mix of genres does your story fit into?
I believe the most accurate description is “slipstream” with a side of historical fiction.
How have your personal experiences influenced this story?
I like learning about queer culture through the ages. My identity as part of the LGBTQ+ community definitely influenced this piece and the way my characters move fluidly across the gender and sexuality spectrums. Eve’s backstory was also based on my family members’ accounts of the Axis occupation of Greece during World War II.
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
Living in the present is as important as knowing the past and anticipating the future.
What was your favorite part of the story to write and why?
I had a lot of fun describing the outfits and costumes of the speakeasy’s patrons!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When did you write your first story, how old were you, and what was it about?
I was an oral storyteller before I was a writer. I would tell ghost stories to my friends and family, but I didn’t start writing those stories down until I was eleven.
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.)
I love this question. British indie rock, cinnamon lattes, fuzzy robes, mood boards, in no particular order.
What has influenced you most as a writer?
I used to read at least four books a week when I was growing up. I also regularly consume other media with a story to tell, such as movies, comic books, or even concept music albums. These have all helped shape my aesthetic, from which I draw inspiration when writing.
What font do you prefer to write in?
Times New Roman.
Do you have any writing blogs/vlogs/podcasts, etc. that you would recommend?
Not really. I mostly gather writing advice from Twitter threads by authors I admire.
What is your favorite and least favorite word, and why?
I love the word liminality, both because of its meaning and the way it rolls off the tongue. My least favorite word has to be pulchritude–it sounds like the opposite of what it means.
Thank you so much for this lovely interview!
Avra Margariti is a queer Social Work undergrad from Greece. She enjoys storytelling in all its forms and writes about diverse identities and experiences. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Flash Fiction Online, The Forge Literary, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Argot Magazine, and other venues. Avra won the 2019 Bacopa Literary Review prize for fiction. You can find her on twitter @avramargariti.