I've decided that this little blog of mine needs to be about more than just me harping on about myself and my works, so there's going to be a lot more cool stuff on it. One of them will be The Lowdown - a series of mini-interviews with authors you really ought to be reading.
First up is S.P. Miskowski, author of the Skillute Cycle, the first book of which, KNOCK KNOCK, was published shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award. S.P.'s short stories have been published by
Supernatural Tales, Horror Bound Magazine, Identity Theory, Other
Voices, The Absent Willow Review, and in the anthology Detritus. Her home town is Decatur, Georgia where she began writing stories
and poems as a child. She now lives in California with her husband, the
novelist and game design writer Cory J. Herndon.
My family is matriarchal. I don’t fully understand systems in which women don’t
If I’d had the aptitude for structural engineering instead of fiction, I’d be
on a construction site right now. At least, that’s my fantasy. I tend to see my
stories in structural terms. I visualize their shape, the parallels and
juxtapositions, the connecting themes and recurring images or colors. The
stories I like to read are those in which the ideas or philosophy are embedded
in the structure rather than resting on the surface.
I worked full-time for 35 years, at everything from editing a newspaper to transcribing
data to managing a photocopy center to caring for children to working on a
product assembly line. I never run out of material.
2. What was the first thing you had published?
A poem, in a high school newspaper.
3. Which piece of writing are you proudest of?
I’m pleased with my short story, “Strange is the Night,” in the anthology
Cassilda’s Song, edited by
When Joe Pulver invited me to submit a story connected to the King in Yellow
mythos, I discovered those first pages in my archive and something clicked.
There is an obsession with artistic ambition woven into Robert Chambers’ KiY
tales. The critic in “Strange is the Night” is an exclusionist, a privileged
person. The girl he excludes is someone who embraces all experiences. Her
openness is disgusting to the critic, and he sets out to crush her spirit. I
hope the resulting story is explicit yet mysterious.
4. …and which makes you cringe?
Hm. I had a couple of stories published in literary magazines years ago. And I
wish I could revise those.
5. What’s a normal writing day like?
Take vitamins. Drink coffee. Sit at my desk surrounded by walls of research and
reference books. Go
6. Which piece of writing should someone who’s never read you before pick up
Probably my novel, Knock Knock, which is the first book in the Skillute Cycle.
7. What are you working on now?
A novel, a murder mystery set in the recent past. It’s a bit noir and a bit
supernatural. The protagonist
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