Interview with Linda Addison, author of “The Four Elements” (air)
This interview is being included in the 2013 Women in Horror Interview Series. Every February, Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) assists underrepresented female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support. You can find out more about WiHM here:
Three-time Stoker Award winner Linda D. Addison grew up in Philadelphia and began weaving stories at an early age. She moved to New York after college and has published over 200 poems, stories and articles. Ms Addison is the author of “How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend” Short stories and poetry (Necon E-Books, 2011) and the first African-American recipient of the world renowned Bram Stoker Award. She is the author of four collections: “How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend” (Necon E-Books), “Being Full of Light, Insubstantial”, “Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes” and “Animated Objects” (Space & Time Books). Her work has also appeared in numerous publications, including Essence magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and Doorways magazine. She is the only author with fiction in three landmark anthologies that celebrate African-Americans speculative writers: the award-winning anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction (Warner Aspect), Dark Dreams (Kensington), and Dark Thirst (Pocket Book).
Four Elements: Four Bram Stoker Award™ winning poets join together to paint a rich, dark tapestry of evocative emotion in The Four Elements. From modern interpretations to ancient mythology, they explore the magic and mystery of Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. Their vivid poetry and prose brings to life a universe in a grain of sand, taking the reader through a journey of discovery from the inside out. Hear the hot voice of invisible awareness in Linda Addison’s interpretation of Air. Explore the realm of ethereal and surreal liquidity in Rain Graves’ Water. Burn from crevice to crown in Charlee Jacob’s wild-eyed visions of Fire. Contemplate Marge Simon’s poignant twists of dark irony to eruptions of spontaneous wonder in Earth. There is something for everyone in The Four Elements–conjured especially for the reader that likes to examine the meticulous depth and meaning in every word.
Q. Before you started writing, you were an accountant and majored in Mathematics. In that period of time, did you ever imagine that one day you would be an accomplished and award winning writer?
Q. Early in your writing career, you were published in “Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine” – I am a big fan of the publication. How did it feel when you first found yourself published there?
Q. You are the first African American winner of the Bram Stoker Award and have won the prestigious award three times for your poetry collections. You have broken ground for every black writer to follow after. How do you feel about this achievement?
Q. You did not begin publishing your works until you had some life behind you, and had spent quite a while married and raising a child, something you have in common with Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, who began to create award-winning works in their late 30s and 40s. I didn’t start to write novels until that age myself, so I am wondering if you think that the changes that we go through in mid-life such as freedom from care taking roles, for example, are in any way associated with us finding at last, our voice?
Q. Women in horror writing are rare, and women of color exceedingly so. Do you think that is beginning to change?
Q. Do you think that writing poetry is a different experience for the writer than prose?
Q. What can you tell us about your latest award winning work, “How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend?”
Q. I also want to know about “The Four Elements” – I know Rain Graves, we did a book reading together back in October. What can you tell us about that book and your role as “Air”?
Q. Finally, it has nothing to do with writing, but I love your tattoo. When I saw it I immediately wanted to call you “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. If you don’t mind me asking about it – when did you get it and does it have any symbolism or special meaning for you?
Q. Is there anything you’d like our readers to know that I haven’t asked you yet?
Where to Find Linda Online
~ by Sumiko Saulson on February 17, 2013.
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