One of the little-known perks of editing an anthology is discovering authors.

Another little-known perk is introducing these authors to the world.

Allow me to present…

Alec Hutson

Alec’s story, titled The Map of Secret Desires, focuses on an abused apprentice and how his horrible mentor decides to punish him with a map. (Go read it, it’s funny.)

We sat Alec down for a quick interview to learn what made him write about a map.

What inspired you to write a story about a map?

The prompt! I stumbled across the anthology website, and even though I wasn’t planning on writing anything, an idea wormed its way into my head over the next few days.

Do you have a special place where you go to recharge your creative muse?

A vacation to an exotic destination serves as inspiration. The idea for my upcoming novel leaped out at me while at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Can you tell us about a time when you wished you had a map?

Countless times. I live in Asia, and if something goes wrong, it’s quite easy to be stranded somewhere with no ability to communicate¬†with the locals.


Alec Hutson lives in Shanghai, and has been published in Ideomancer Magazine. He has stories coming out in Timeless Tales Magazine, the science fiction anthology The Newcomer, and his first epic fantasy novel, The Crimson Queen, will be published in December 2016. He can be found at authoralechutson.com.


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