Djibril al-Ayad, Editor

To celebrate the Jubilee Issue of The Future Fire magazine, General Editor Djibril al-Ayad agreed to come and answer some of my questions about the work their team of editors and readers does in the speculative market. PersephoneKnits: Let's start with an introduction of The Future Fire¬†(TFF) to the readers. Djibril al-Ayad: The Future Fire … Continue reading Djibril al-Ayad, Editor

Jason A. Holt, author

I met Jason at Miscon 33. We paneled together, and he came by with conversation and encouragement during my meet-and-greet. His latest book is Fighter Fred and the Dungeon of Doom, and it is hilarious. I love a book that can make me laugh. I also love books that poke fun at genres, tropes, and … Continue reading Jason A. Holt, author

Cait Gordon, author & advocate

Cait Gordon's first book, Life in the 'Cosm, was meant as a way to survive chronic illness, but ended up a surprise hit. She's about to release a second edition, and a prequel, with Renaissance Press! With co-editor Talia C. Johnson and Nathan Fr√©chette from Renaissance, she recently built a Kickstarter for Nothing Without Us … Continue reading Cait Gordon, author & advocate

Justin Bloch, author

Justin Bloch's debut novel, The Stolen Karma of Nathaniel Valentine, is a powerhouse of plot twists and personal journeys. The settings are rich and varied, and the characters are all masterfully round and motivated. I caught up with Justin while he was hard at work on the sequel to ask him a few questions. PersephoneKnits: … Continue reading Justin Bloch, author

Denise D. Young, fantasy-romance author

PersephoneKnits has a mission statement of positivity and support toward creative outcomes and growth. That doesn't mean ignoring failures and challenges, but rather going into projects with our eyes and our hands wide open. Part of that is setting intention, and Denise models that beautifully. From her blog: The release of my Tangled Magic series: … Continue reading Denise D. Young, fantasy-romance author

Eliza David – romance author

Is it cold where you live? A hot romance will fix you right up, and Eliza David has a whole collection to entice you. She does it all. Board member, blogger & contributing writer, moderator for the Writers' Rooms, headlining author at the Iowa Book Festival, plus wife & parent. And, she finds time to … Continue reading Eliza David – romance author

Interview – Jennifer R. Donohue, part two

Jennifer R. Donohue not only published a cyberpunk heist this fall, but she achieved Associate Membership in the SFWA! (muppet flail) It's a triumph in a speculative writer's career. After I shed my green skin, I talked with Jen about how she met these goals, and her answer was not what I expected! PersephoneKnits: Congratulations … Continue reading Interview – Jennifer R. Donohue, part two

Interview – Jennifer R. Donohue, part one

Yep, Jennifer has so many wonderful things to share I had to split her interview into two parts! She's got a heavy hustle going on, and she was willing to share her secrets! PersephoneKnits: Let's talk Run with the Hunted! This book was a lot of fun to read. Cyberpunk heist! Where did this idea … Continue reading Interview – Jennifer R. Donohue, part one

Interview – A.M. Leibowitz

I read a book last week that made me cry. Not because it was sad, but because it reached across decades to lift the bandages from old wounds. This takes a special talent, and A.M Leibowitz wields this skill with finesse in their latest book, Year of the Guilty Soul. You can get it in … Continue reading Interview – A.M. Leibowitz

S.E. Carson – writer & advocate

S.E. Carson is writing a fictionalized memoir of her journey battling an eating disorder who she has named Not-Alice. The story works on discovering who someone is without their disorder, finding the voice that's been buried, and learning to trust the sound of it. In Carson's own words: "I explore the incredibly complex and manipulative … Continue reading S.E. Carson – writer & advocate