Erin Fanning Author of The Snow Warrior
Skirting that delicious line between fantasy and reality, Erin Fanning's short story The Snow Warrior takes deep into folklore and offers a whimsical take on terrifying winter nights.
1. Do you remember the first story you wrote? Can you tell us a little bit about it?
My first writings were all poetry, which my second-grade teacher, Mr. Martin, encouraged. I will never forget his kind words—he was an example of what a great teacher can do. I eased into stories when I was a little older. The first one was a holiday story I wrote for my grandparents about an evil dragon and a Christmas-tree Santa.
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 think of myself as a generalist, probably because I have written everything from magazine articles to web content to books to short stories.
3. What is your primary genre and what drew you to it?
I don’t have a primary genre; although, I have written quite a few fantasies. I am particularly interested in writing more mysteries because it is my favorite form of reading.
4. What genre would you consider the story you wrote for Winter’s Vindication? Why did you choose to write outside/inside your genre?
My story, The Cloud Warrior, is a fantasy. It seemed to me the perfect genre to capture the frozen, sometimes spooky, world of a Lake Huron winter.
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?
Sorry, no theories. It isn’t a genre that I am particularly attracted to.
6. What is one writing quirk you have that you would like to train out of yourself? How are you doing that?
I am not sure if it is a quirk, but I have a problem with procrastination. The best way to train myself out of this bad habit, I think, is by simply making myself write a little each day. It is all about discipline, which I am sadly lacking!
7. What is your favorite story or novel you have written (published or not)?
Snake Wrangler and the Scorpion Kid: a mystery about two crime-solving brothers, who also run a snake-wrangling business in Arizona, helping people remove pesky critters from their homes. Unfortunately, the novel hasn’t found a home yet, but I’m not giving up hope.
8. Lastly, what are your writing goals for 2021?
I am planning a series of short stories about women who were early pioneers of bicycle racing and touring, mostly in the 1800s.
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