Author of “Maps in Our Footsteps, Legend in Our Dreams,” (Other)
What’s on your to-be-read list right now?
At the moment I have Le Guin’s Earthsea Trilogy, Eduardo Galeano’s Memory of Fire, and Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth on my desk.
Are there themes that you find recurring in your work?
I think a lot of my stories involve characters walking a line between cultures, broadly defined. I like to explore the ways identity can be self-determined versus imposed upon us, the push/pull effect that can have on people. I also write a lot of insect and revenge stories.
What is your typical writing process? Outline or seat-of-the-pants? A quiet room or a lively café? Music and coffee or tea and silence?
My process is fluid at the moment since I’m in school and it’s difficult to pin down a set schedule semester to semester. I write when and where I can, always with music, but can only concentrate if it’s instrumental. I’m more productive in the evenings than mornings. I’m a pantser with short fiction, but outline anything longer than 10k words.
What keeps you going when the writing gets hard? What bring you joy?
My wife, my cat, reading. Some whiskey in the mix helps, also.
What are you working on right now? And which of your stories would you recommend to someone new to your work?
I’m finishing up a short story collection and drafting my first novel. My stories range widely in genre, so it’s hard to say. I think my recent horror story “Gurge” is representative of some of what I’ve said in response to the second question. It’s online at The Future Fire, or via a link on my website.
You can read Jason Baltazar’s story in Metaphorosis Magazine, “The Questioning Bell,” for free online.
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