For the next several weeks I’ve decided to call Fridays ‘Fractured Friday’ and use them to share news, contributor interviews and excerpts from B is for Broken.
B is for Broken contains 26 stories (one for each letter of the alphabet) centered on the theme of brokenness. The diversity of genres and subject matter will blow you away. We’ve got science fiction, fantasy, horror and weird fiction about broken hearts, broken space ships, broken lives, broken bones–you name it. If you like speculative fiction and short stories, this collection is one you’re going to want to check out 🙂
Interview With Brittany Warman
What Letter Were You Assigned: A
“A hundred years is a long time and the world has changed. In this new, awakened world, there are no curses, at least not the way I remember them. My prince studies the skies with mechanical devices like I had never seen before and writes detailed notes about the movements of the universe. He whispers my name to the heavens but isn’t thinking of me.”
What is the thing you’ve most regretted breaking?: I broke a necklace that belonged to my Mom when I was in third grade. A friend of mine said it wasn’t fixable, so she further broke it into tiny pieces that we then played with. My mom was devastated that we’d so completely destroyed something from her own childhood and still I feel so guilty about that.
Have you ever broken something and not been saddened by it?: Sometimes I feel relief… I tend to hang on to things until they’re completely unusable, even if they’re not as good as they once were, so when something like that truly breaks it’s finally an excuse to throw it away.
If you could break one law and get away with it consequence-free, what would it be?: Oh, probably robbing a bank or something like that? As long as it really didn’t hurt anyone!
Do you have any rules for yourself, a code of some sort, which you’d never break?: The big code that I always try to follow is simply to be kind but I know that no one is perfect, certainly not me, so I certainly do break it sometimes sadly.
Did you struggle with the letter you were assigned?: Very much actually! I had the idea right from the get go but I had a really hard time bringing it to life in the dreamy, fragmented way I wanted to. I had a LOT of false starts!
What, aside from the anthology’s theme and your letter, inspired your story?: That’s easy, “Sleeping Beauty” of course :). I find myself drawn back to that fairy tale over and over again.
Brittany Warman is a PhD candidate in English and Folklore at The Ohio State University, where she concentrates on the intersection of literature and folklore. Her creative work has been published by or is forthcoming from Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky Magazine, Ideomancer, inkscrawl, Cabinet des Fées: Scheherezade’s Bequest, and others. Her story “Q is for Queen” appeared in A is for Apocalypse. She can be found online at BrittanyWarman.com
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