Why did the Reading 5X5 authors write what they did? What were they thinking about? Find out below!

Reading 5X5 – The Charity

This anthology was a labor of love and curiosity. The editor and authors agreed from the start that all proceeds would benefit charity, and chose the Jo Clayton Memorial Medical Fund as the beneficiary. Clayton Memorial Medical Fund Dedicated to Helping Pacific Northwest Writers Facing Medical Emergencies The fund helps …

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Five Questions for Jason Baltazar

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 …

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Five Questions for Karl Dandenell

Author of “The Long View” (Hard Science Fiction)   How long have you been writing? What got you started?  God heavens, we’re starting there? All right. I’ve been writing since middle school, more or less. I think I turned in a SF short story for an 8th grade English creative …

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Five Questions for Matt Thompson

Author of “The Visible Spectrum” (Soft Science Fiction)   How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction? I started writing at the beginning of 2015. Before that I’d been focusing on playing music for the better part of 30 years, but felt in the end …

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Five Questions for Karolina Fedyk

Author of “The Gentlest River” (High Fantasy)   How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction?  I’ve been telling stories to myself since I remember — there had to be a narrative behind each toy and each doodle — but it took me some …

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Five Questions for Vanessa Fogg

Author of “Kitchen” (Contemporary Fantasy)   How long have you been writing? Do you write in genres other than speculative fiction? If so, which ones? If not, why do you prefer spec fic? I think I was making up stories on paper pretty much as soon as I could write. …

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Five Questions for Rhoads Brazos

Author of “Deux ex Noir” (Other)   How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction? I’ve been publishing stories for the last five years. I’m a daydreamer, so sometimes my stories are vicarious. (Let’s not call them wish fulfillment.) They’re more of an escape …

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Five Questions for Pauline Yates

Author of “In the Absence of Time” (Hard Science Fiction)   What is your typical writing process? Do you outline or let things grow organically? Do you prefer writing in public (coffee shops or libraries) or in private? Do you listen to music? I try to write everyday even if …

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Five Questions for Beth Goder

Author of “The Great Scientist Rivalry on Planet Sourdough” (Soft Science Fiction)   How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction? When people ask me this question, I usually say that I started writing in late 2014, but the full answer is a little …

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Five Questions for Rob Francis

Author of “Song and Sacrifice” (High Fantasy) How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction? Like most people (I imagine) I wrote stories as a teenager but just for my own amusement. I stopped when I went off to university to do my degree …

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Five Questions for T.R. North

Author of “Howl at the Moon” (Contemporary Fiction)   How long have you been writing? Do you write in genres other than speculative fiction? If so, which ones? If not, why do you prefer spec fic? I’ve been shopping fiction for publication for a little over two years now, though of …

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Five Questions for Kathryn Weaver

Cover illustrator for Reading 5X5   Tell us a little bit about your artistic background. How did you first get into illustration work? Do you make art in other fields/media, too? When I was a teenager, I was involved with an online fandom community that published a monthly magazine, for …

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Five Questions for Filip Wiltgren

Author of “Where Art Thou, My Love?” (Other)   What are some of your literary influences? As a kid, I read a decade or two behind my times. So I grew up with Asimov and Clarke, Heinlein and Lieber. I read all the classics of SF and fantasy, but four …

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Five Questions for James Ross

Author of “Petri Viventum” (Soft Science Fiction)   How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction? As I’m sure is true of most writers in this anthology, the truth is that I’ve been trying to write stories since I first learned to hold a …

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Five Questions for Damien Krsteski

Author of “One of the Cities” (Hard Science Fiction)    How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction? My first story was published in December 2010, but it took years of writing just for myself before I ever submitted anything to a magazine. I …

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Five Questions for Sandi Leibowitz

Author of “Tongue of the Chimera” (High Fantasy)    How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction? I’ve been writing since I was a little kid—I wrote my own picture book about bunnies and squirrels in pink pencil when I was in first grade.  …

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Five Questions for L. Chan

Author of “The Fourth Pillar Says No” (Contemporary Fantasy)   How long have you been writing? Do you write in genres other than speculative fiction? If so, which ones? If not, why do you prefer spec fic? I got a late start, only starting seriously writing five years ago and …

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Five Questions for Y.X. Acs

Author of “1001” (Other)   How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction?  I have been writing fiction for eighteen years. I also wrote poetry for a few years before that, but I don’t really write poetry anymore. There was also a gap in …

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Five Questions for K.G. Anderson

Author of “Patience” (Soft Science Fiction)   How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction? I’ve made a living as a nonfiction writer since the day I finished college. Journalism for 10 years, then technical writing, marketing writing, book reviewing, and an amazing gig …

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Five Questions for David Hammond

Author of “Countdown” (Hard Science Fiction)   What keeps you going when the writing gets hard? What brings you joy? What keeps me going is the next sentence, the next scene, the next idea. If I’m not feeling it with one story idea, I’m pretty good about letting it go …

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Five Questions for Sean R. Robinson

Author of “Child of Flowers” (High Fantasy)   How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction? When I was in fourth grade, I wrote a story called “Almore and the Gods” about ancient Egypt. Does that count? I wrote my first novel when I …

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Five Questions for Caleb Warner

Author of “Letters to the Earth” (Contemporary Fantasy)   How long have you been writing? Do you write in genres other than speculative fiction? If so, which ones? If not, why do you prefer spec fic? I’ve only been writing for a little over four years now. I started in …

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Five Questions for Suzanne J. Willis

Author of “The Fragments of Others” (Other)   How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction? I’ve written since my early teens in some form or another – early on, poetry and vignettes, then short stories as I got older. I began seriously writing …

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Five Questions for Juliet Kemp

Author of “Time, the Ever-Rolling Stream” (Soft Science Fiction)   How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction? I’ve been writing since I was a kid, although I stopped writing fiction for 15 years or so between my early teens and my late 20s. …

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Five Questions for Ian Rennie

Author of “T-Minus” (Hard Science Fiction)   How long have you been writing? What got you started? I’ve been writing ever since I could hold a pen and come up with stories. When I was in university I wrote and directed plays, but it wasn’t until about 2003 that I …

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Five Questions for Paul A. Hamilton

Author of “Blood Feud” (High Fantasy)   How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction? I’ve been writing stories my whole life, but I started focusing on writing with an aim to publish about seven years ago. While most of my effort goes into …

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Five Questions for Meryl Stenhouse

Author of “Dreaming in Other Colours” (Contemporary Fantasy)   How long have you been writing? Do you write in genres other than speculative fiction? If so, which ones? If not, why do you prefer spec fic? I’ve been writing since 2009. Or that’s the first start date I have recorded for …

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Five Questions for Chanel Earl

Author of “Between Ashes and Wings” in Reading 5 x 5 (Other)   Are there themes that you find recurring in your work?  I’ve gone through phases. For a while every story was about death and grieving. Right now I seem to write a lot about people who try to …

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Reading 5X5 – How it came about

In his Retrospective, Gene Wolfe suggests a writing exercise – take any published story (he offers one of his own), and rewrite it from scratch, in your own style. What choices did you make, and why were they different from his? More recently, there’s an annual, cooperative exercise in which …

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Reading 5X5 – The Concept

What if you had different authors each write the same story? What would each of them bring to the piece in terms of style, tone, and resolution? That’s the question this anthology sets out to answer. Reading 5X5 asked twenty-five authors to tell five stories in five different ways. We started …

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