Continuing the author-palooza for Ancient Wonders - here's Shannon Connor Winward!
Tell us a little about yourself, and what
you like to write?
I’m an American author and poet. Most of what I create is speculative – some sci-fi, fantasy,
and what’s been called “mythpunk” – though I write a little bit of everything. On
my blog I talk about real life: the writing process, the emotional ups and
downs. I chronicle my experiences raising a child with special needs, because I
feel there’s a lack of information and empathy for families who have to go
through this, and it’s my way of contributing to a larger conversation. I like
to write about what touches me, what fascinates me. A lot of my stories deal
with death and madness, but not in a macabre sense. I like to explore
What inspired you to write Passage?
I minored in
anthropology as an undergrad, with a special interest in the Celts of Britain
and Ireland. I was writing a thesis on Celtic death rituals, which is largely
speculative due to a scarcity of archaeological evidence. I came across a
discussion of how the Celts may have used the monoliths as a means of
connecting themselves psychologically to the landscape, since they had
emigrated there, and places like Newgrange and Stonehenge predated their
culture considerably. I became so distracted with the idea that I wrote
“Passage” instead of what I was meant to be working on. I scribbled it in the
middle of my research notes.
If the TARDIS could drop you off to any one
site in its heyday, where would you go?
I’d love to visit
Great Britain in the Iron Age – though, to be honest, if the Doctor came to get
me, I wouldn’t be picky.
What appeals to you most about ancient
I feel a closer
kinship to ancient religions than to modern ones, at least in a spiritual
sense. Our ancestors were more intimately tied to nature and her cycles, and
that is reflected in their sacred sites.
What do you have coming out next?
I have poems due
out in various magazines, all TBA, and I’ve been invited to participate in some
local fiction anthologies. Right now I’m working on a sci-fi story inspired by
Egyptian mythology and Edgar Rice Burroughs, and a modern-day fairy tale about a
wicked librarian. I’m also working on my second novel, an urban fantasy, and my
first poetry collection. I publish updates and links to my work on my blog.
[Shannon Connor Winward's writing has appeared in many
venues including: Pedestal Magazine, Flash Fiction
Online, Strange Horizons, Illumen, This Modern Writer [Pank Magazine], Hip Mama
Zine and the anthologies Twisted Fairy
Tales: Volume Two, Jack-o'-Spec: Tales of
Halloween and Fantasy and Spectacular:
Fantasy Favorites. Her poem "All Souls' Day" was nominated
for a 2012 Rhysling Award.]
anthology page here for linky links!