Christopher Marry Hultman Author of For I Hear You Calling
Hultman is a writer, podcast producer, and all-round fascinating human being. His short story For I Hear You Calling is a captivating, dark-ending story sure to keep you entertained.
1. Do you remember the first story you wrote? Can you tell us a little bit about it?
It would be a toss up between a story called The Monster of the Lake and Galaxy Warriors, but since I can’t remember what the latter was about, I will endeavor to attempt a recap of the former. The Monster of the Lake was about a special investigator who travels to Scotland to investigate the bizarre rumors of a monster in a lake that may or may not be Loch Ness. During his search he finds that it is only a mechanical monster created by an evil conglomerate to allow them to drain the lake.
2. The writing community is full of different kinds of writers. Do you consider yourself an author, writer, poet, storyteller—or something else? Why/what’s the difference to you?
I consider myself a storyteller, since I find that I weave yarns in all aspects of my life not only on paper. If a colleague says something I may very well hook into it and expand it into something strange and fantastical. That is what separates a storyteller from a writer.
3. What is your primary genre and what drew you to it?
I write in all manner of genre fiction, but fantasy is what I always wanted to write. I believe it stems from reading Edith Nesbit and John Masefield at a very young age and migrating to Tolkien at 10. I find that stories of the Heart’s Desire are very alluring, and it is what still draws me in.
4. What genre would you consider the story you wrote for Winter’s Vindication? Why did you choose to write outside/inside your genre?
I would consider it fantasy since it takes place in a world I have created with fantastical beings. The reason I chose to write fantasy was that I had an idea that originally stemmed from the song Iceman by the band Dublin Fair. It had Irish traditional overtones and then fantasy simply fell into place.
5. We had a hard time finding enough fantasy stories to fill the quota. We got SO MUCH science fiction submitted to us! Do you have a theory why so many short stories are science fiction?
Science fiction has always lent itself to the shorter form, like horror. A writer does not have to create so much background to get the point across. A certain degree of familiarity is needed since it is so firmly anchored in our time. It makes it easier to write at times. Fantasy, since it is rooted in the heart’s desire, can be tougher at times in short form since a writer might feel they need to set the boundaries of the world first. Introduce the reader to unfamiliar places or objects. The world-building is what might hamper writers.
6. What is one writing quirk you have that you would like to train out of yourself? How are you doing that?
Using the passive 'was', I do it a lot. Just trying to work it out.
7. What is your favorite story or novel you have written (published or not)?
My favorite story is one that I am working on. It is called Pike Lake and is a Lovecraftian YA horror, set in Wisconsin.
8. Lastly, what are your writing goals for 2021?
Work on more novels and not get distracted by so many short story calls, unless they are from SummerStorm Press
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