Originally, I was going to co-edit Suspended in Dusk with a good friend, Nerine Dorman . Nerine is a very big fan of Angela Slatter and so, mostly for shits and giggles, I made her a bet that I could convince Angela to lend a story to Suspended in Dusk. Due to over-commitment to her many projects Nerine could no longer work on the project, but somehow I did manage to convince Angela to lend a new story to the anthology! This is super exciting for me because Angela really is highly awarded and very well respected Australian writer.
I give you the super talented, super nice – Angela Slatter:
Tell me a bit about yourself, where are you from and what brought you into writing? What drives you to continue writing?
I’m an Australian writer of dark fantasy, horror and something that only very occasionally resembles science fiction. I’ve always been a voracious reader and scribbler, but only made the decision to try writing as a career in about 2004. I keep writing because all the stuff in my head has to go somewhere, or said head will explode.
What are your thoughts about short stories and the short form? Do you have a particular favourite short story?
I love short form because it’s such a challenge to fit everything in and convince a reader they’ve just dipped into an very immersive new world for a while. I love the challenge of sending a reader away feeling as if (a) they’re still half in the story world and (b) the story is still going on somewhere. Favourite short stories include: “The Tower” by Marghanita Laski, “Gabriel Ernest” by Saki, “Looking for Jake” by China Miévielle, “Singing My Sister Down” by Margo Lanagan, “Wild Acre” by Nathan Ballingrud, and “Wolf Alice” by Angela Carter. Favourite short story writers include: Aimee Bender, Lorie Moore, Karen Russell, Karen Joy Fowler, Kelly Link, Sheridan Le Fanu, M R James, and Lisa L. Hannett.
What has been the highlight of your writing career so far?
Winning a British Fantasy Award for “The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter” (from A Book of Horrors, Stephen Jones ed.)
Do you have any outstanding writing goals you’re working to achieve? (sale to a particular market or publication/book deal/award/NaNoWriMo/etc)
My main goal is to just finish things and get them published. I’ve never had any ‘goal’ markets as I think that sets you up for an obsession that you may never fulfil. Similarly, while awards are nice, they’re not something you can predict or count on. They’re not something you deserve and they certainly don’t make you a better writer if you win, or a worse writer if you lose. They’re a nice bonus, that’s it.
Do you have any interesting projects on the horizon that you’d like to share some info with us about?
I’ve got three collections out this year: The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings (Tartarus Press), which has illustrations by Kathleen Jennings and is a prequel to Sourdough and Other Stories; Black-Winged Angels (Ticonderoga Publications), a limited edition reprint collection, again with illustrations by Kathleen Jennings; and The Female Factory (Twelfth Planet Press), which is a collaboration with Lisa L. Hannett.
What advice do you have for new or aspiring writers?
Write, learn, write, pay your dues, be polite, write, don’t be an ass.
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