Sophie Yorkston is the extremely talented and awesome editor of SQ Magazine. She took home the Australian Shadows Award for Best Edited Publication, for SQ Mag issue #14 (IFWG Publishing). She’s quite active in the speculative ficiton scene and has several short stories of her own published. I look forward to reading more of her edited and written works! Thanks so much for dropping by, Sophie!
Q. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Q. What draws you to horror generally, and was there a defining moment where you something mad you think “Fuck it, I’m writing a horror story!”?
Q. What is your favourite horror story and what about it specifically rustled your jimmies?
Q. What have you written? And what is your personal favourite of your own work?
Q. Do you have a favourite form or media for story telling? E.g Short story, Novel, Audio drama or podcast, audioboo
Q. What are you working on at the minute?
SY: My computer and notebooks are always littered with dozens of shorts, from scrappy notes through to polished pieces striving to find a published home. I’m also chipping away slowly at a magical realism novel that was inspired by my time living in Canada.
Q. You’re an editor as well as a writer. Do you have a preference?
Q. What attracts you to editing the work of others? And is there any quality or skill etc that makes a good horror editor, specifically?
Q. Who is your favourite woman writer?
Q. Are there any projects involving other women that you’re looking forward to or would like to get on board with?
Q. What book/s are you reading at present and what is in your TBR pile?
Q. What challenges have you encountered that are unique to being a woman in the horror genre, or can you describe some of the challenges have you faced that are complicated by your gender?
Q. Why is Women in Horror month important?
Q. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Plus, read, read read! (And don’t forget to review if you got any enjoyment at all!)