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I Think of Stories as Mosaics: Gary Kloster

Normally, it’s not easy for me to remember all the sources of a story. But because of the circumstances surrounding this one, I can remember a lot of the things that inspired it. A paperweight, a tattoo artist, and some googling.

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Author Spotlight: Deb Taber

I’m a big fan of stories that don’t have “happily ever afters,” but instead force the characters to come to terms with a new level of reality. Jacinta is doing that.

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Swapna Kishore: Simple People Leading Difficult Lives

I see Younger Sister seething with raw energy that has not yet translated into destructive action. Despite her poor opinion of her sister, she does not want to do anything she considers wrong.

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Author Spotlight: Desirina Boskovich

Loaning a cup of sugar is one of those banal things that neighbors do for one another–or at least promise to do for one another. I wanted to find something prosaic to balance out the surreal events of the story.

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Author Spotlight: Tracy Canfield

Many people today believe in the existence of the ifriit, so when I wrote “The Seal of Sulaymaan”, I tried to make the supernatural elements consistent with these beliefs—what djinn eat, where they live, what they can do.

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This Is All Indisputable: Rachel Swirsky

Eagles are solitary and the dragons flock. I don’t know how multiple animals flying in a circle would affect the wind–would it hinder flight or help it?

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Author Spotlight: An Owomoyela

I read the Foundation novels so long ago that I can only remember disconnected bits and scenes, but I was enchanted with Seldon’s psychohistory. I love to play with systems, and the idea of one so complex and nuanced that it could predict entire zeitgeists was fantastic—in both the “wonderful” and “fantasy-like” senses of the term.

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Author Spotlight: Paul M. Berger

I’ve done a fair amount of traveling, but everything people had been telling me about India turned out to be true, and I’ve never been anywhere that challenged me or inspired me so much in such a short time.

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Author Spotlight: Chris Howard

I wanted to show what life feels like for the children of the men and women in the Army. I can’t say if it’s the same for everyone or for the other armed services, but I’m pretty sure it’s close.

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Author Spotlight: Louise Marley

Slaves in America clung to their music as a way of believing there would be a better day, a day of freedom. “The Slavesinger” came out of my awareness and respect for that history.