Join us as we peek behind the scenes of our upcoming anthology, ON TIME. Learn more about Megan Branning in her featured interview.
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
Sometimes an odd idea will come to me, and I like to see where it takes me. This story began when I wondered what would happen if you could reach up and take a piece of sky in your hand.
Can you tell us a little bit about your protagonist?
Kari lives in a place far north and remote, where winter requires preparation and care. Even when she realizes she’s making a dire mistake, she knows she would do it again to give her young daughter comfort.
What is the most interesting thing about the world you’ve created?
This story is in the style of a myth, so the world itself is changed by choices the characters make. It is a place where people can eat the sky, and such a behavior has consequences.
What genre or mix of genres does your story fit into?
I consider this story a mix of fantasy and folktale.
How have your personal experiences influenced this story?
None of my life experience directly influenced this story, but my interest in mythology and folktales certainly did. The characters also behave in universally human ways. Maybe my inability to resist a good piece of chocolate shows in the way they act, even when they know they may be harming themselves.
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
A sense of wonder at the little things we take for granted every day.
What was your favorite part of the story to write and why?
The beginning, because I just had fun with it, without knowing yet where it would go from there.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When did you write your first story, how old were you, and what was it about?
The first story I remember writing was an elementary school assignment. I wrote and illustrated a tale about a cat escaping from a dog by hiding in the sewer. It ran through the pipes and came up close to home.
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 need quiet and solitude to write. I’ve tried working while listening to music, but I couldn’t focus. If someone else is nearby, I become too self-conscious, so I usually write when my husband isn’t home.
What has influenced you most as a writer?
Learning new things about the world, especially myths and legends from various cultures.
What font do you prefer to write in?
Times New Roman, size 12. I’m just used to it.
What is your favorite and least favorite word, and why?
I think my favorite word is “balderdash.” It’s so much fun to say. My least favorite word is “yelled.”
Megan is a youth services librarian who loves to read. Her fiction and poetry have been published in, or are forthcoming in, Asimov’s, PodCastle, Abyss & Apex, and other venues. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband.
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