(Liam Hogan is based in London, England. He has a delightful story in Vampires, Zombies and Ghosts, Volume 2..)
Answer: Speculative short fiction. Anything with a twist, a mix of fantasy, sci-fi, horror, steampunk and “other”. The rare “literary realism” piece probably started as something else. Mostly, my stories tend towards the short end of short fiction: I trained myself writing 2000 worders for a website called Liars’ League. The more fantastical stories ended up in my single author collection Happy Ending Not Guaranteed.
Question: What’s your favorite genre to read?
Question. How do you write? (computer/typewriter/paper… software… with/without music… how many hours/day, days/week)
Answer: I always carry a notebook and pen, and most stories start there as a scribble – anything from a sentence to a couple of pages, before being completed and edited on the PC. No fancy software required for short stories! Writing hours vary depending on… well, everything, but if I don’t write I get a bit cranky, because the notebook keeps filling up with ideas.
Question: How are things different for you, as a non-US author? Do you mostly submit to US, or non-US publishers?
Answer: A lot of writing opportunities are from the US, sure. And I submit to them without, usually, too much of a conversion – that can be done at edit stage, for consistency. Some stories though, are too English for the US markets – either the vibe, or the setting, doesn’t quite translate. Fortunately, there ARE markets elsewhere!
Question: How did you first hear about Smoking Pen Press?
Answer: Probably from one of the “Open Call” Facebook groups. I scan these, and Codex author’s forum, and the odd email newsletter, for all the opportunities I can. Always looking for new homes for stories!
Question:. Anything else?
Answer: I’m a volunteer mentor for the kids’ creative writing charity, Ministry of Stories (https://www.