This is the last of our short interviews with our contributing authors. Thanks again to everyone who participated in SFFWorld.com’s 2017 anthology. We couldn’t have done it without you all!
Without further ado, meet…
What inspired you to write a story about a map?
I’ve always been intrigued by maps. There’s a story in every line of a map, a narrative implied. In fact, when I begin daydreaming about a new long form story I want to write, all the world-building and plotting is often highly tentative…until I sit down and draw a map. That’s when the world begins to take shape in my mind, and the map itself suggests new twists and turns of the story. For this specific story, I wanted to have it take place in the same general region as the story I had in last year’s SFFWorld.com anthology, Ecotones: “Seeds by a Hurricane Torn.” Plant-based magic infuses that setting, so the pairing of that with my interest in maps and my love of the weird and strange out there led to this story.
Do you have a special place where you go to recharge your creative muse?
Can you tell us about a time when you wished you had a map?
For your story, Mapping the Buzz of Insects, you created a unique world that feels much fuller than this one short story. Do you have anything else written in this story-world?
A writer, runner, reader, parent, and teacher, Daniel Ausema has had stories and poems in Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, Diabolical Plots, and many other places. His steampunk-fantasy trilogy Spire City is also available. He lives in Colorado, at the foot of the Rockies.
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