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The "Beastly Bride" Author Interview Series


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Charles Tan has posted more of his excellent interviews with the authors in the Beastly Bride anthology -- providing real insight into the pleasures and challenges of writing mythic fiction:

Lucius Shepard ("The Flock")

 Richard Bowes ("The Margay's Children")

Nan Fry ("Rosina")

Johanna Sinisalo ("Bear's Bride")

Shweta Narayan ("Pisaach")

Ellen Kushner ("The Children of Cadmus")

Stewart Moore ("One Thin Dime")

A snippet from the interviews:

Charles Tan: What's the appeal of the Beastly Bride concept for you?

Shweta Narayan: Oh, it's such a wonderful concept! Shapeshifter stories in general speak to me -- not only because of my [inter-cultural] marriage but because I'm a third-culture kid, an Indian who grew up almost everywhere but India, and I don't fully share a culture with anyone I love. So characters who can pass as members of a culture, while being something else entirely inside, give me a thrill of recognition that no other archetype does. And in the Beastly Bride(groom) stories, they get to try out living with someone else, and they let *us* get at, and think about, all the anxieties and joys of loving and living with someone from a different world.

Stewart Moore: I'm very interested, in my professional life as a student of the Hebrew Bible, in borderlines, border crossings; in how, when and why we decide who's in and who's out.  The Beastly Bride at one and the same time incarnates the border between human and animal, reality and fantasy, and, by her existence, negates it, denies it is a true border at all. It turns out to be a zone of contact, a place where possibilities multiply, and the Beastly Bride   is both our guide in this zone, and the first, best guardian of it.

Links to the other interviews can be found here. The Victorian fairy tale illustration above is by H.J. Ford.