15 in 15′ – interview with Blank Fiction Magazine

Welcome to our first “15 in 15,” where we ask a special somebody to answer fifteen questions in fifteen minutes. Our first wonderfully-willing victim is Samantha Eliot Stier, author of “Unlucky Bunnies” (which can be found in our first issue). 

BF: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

SS: To always be reading and learning. To write pieces that move people. To teach writing to people who don’t know what an amazing tool it can be.


‘Behind the Words: Christy Scott’ – interview for Spry Literary Journal

Sam: Your piece “Loss, Faith, Chaos” is moving and emotionally vulnerable. You portray this feeling of intense loss and sadness powerfully and honestly. This is not the kind of piece you can just read and then go on with your day; it sticks with you, haunts you.  Was this something that was difficult for you to write, or did the words flow naturally as a way of releasing some of that trauma?

Christy: I wrote this about a month into my first dating experience after my divorce. It had been over a year since the divorce was finalized and I wasn’t even interested in dating, and then it just happened. Trying to let someone care about me after the trauma of divorce was one of the most terrifying experiences. It meant that there was no hope of ever going back to where I was before—a  place I didn’t want to go, yet I hadn’t fully processed was gone.

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‘Behind the Words: Jeni McFarland’ – interview for Spry Literary Journal

Samantha: ‘Window’ radiates a dark, hypnotic energy. The language is beautiful and raw, and the imagery is so vivid that at times I felt uncomfortably trapped in the room with the narrator. The room is real and yet intangible; it feels like a painting or a dream. How did you visualize and create this confining atmosphere?

Jeni: I know some people say you should never write based on a dream, but I did. I kept having a dream about this window. The room itself was indistinct in the dream, so I had to fill in with remembered and fabricated details.

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‘Behind the Words: Kelly Morris’ – interview for Spry Literary Journal

Sam: I absolutely loved “You, The Ex, and the Neighbor.” Writing a good story in the second person is a challenge for most. Yet you do it in such a way that it’s not even distracting; as one commenter pointed out (and I agree), it adds a certain level of intimacy. What brought about the decision to write in second person?

Kelly: Thank you so much for your kind words about the story.  I love the second person POV.  When used sparingly, it does lend an immediate rapport and intimacy with the reader.  I tried to write a version of “You, the Ex, and the Neighbor” a few years ago in third person, and it was called something ridiculous like “Ca Va!” and it was about this woman who finds her long-time boyfriend in bed with the college-aged neighbor.  And it was just really sad and not funny at all.

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