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John M. Floyd Author of The Warden's Game

The Alaskan tale in The Warden's Game charmed us with its mix of folklore and wild west themes.

1. Do you remember the first story you wrote? Can you tell us a little bit about it?

My very first story was called “Thursday’s Child,” about a boy in San Francisco who helps recover stolen money from a bank robbery. Years later I changed it up a bit and sold it to a program called Amazon Shorts.

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 suppose I’m an author, but I think I prefer “storyteller.” That’s a better indicator of the fun involved. “Author” seems more serious and businesslike.

3. What is your primary genre and what drew you to it?

Mystery/suspense. I was drawn to it because that’s the genre I most enjoy 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?

“The Warden’s Game,” my story in WV, is cross/genre, I think, a mixture of suspense and adventure and fantasy. Sort of a crime story with some otherworldness thrown in. I wrote that story just because I thought it sounded like a fun way to show the difference between good and evil.

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?

I think SF, as a genre, just has more readers and devotees than fantasy does, and SF authors are probably writing what they like to read. That’s probably why many of my science fiction stories are cross-genre: SF/fantasy. I’m not sure why SF has always been so popular, especially in the short-story world.

6. What is one writing quirk you have that you would like to train out of yourself? How are you doing that?

One quirk I have that I don’t like is my tendency to use too many cliches in my writing. To prevent that, I have to go back through every story after I finish it and try to find them and weed them out.

7. What is your favorite story or novel you have written (published or not)?

My favorite short story is probably “Midnight,” a coming-of-age story I sold to Amazon Shorts in 2006 and which was later included in a 30-story collection of my short fiction called (appropriately) Midnight.

8. Lastly, what are your writing goals for 2021?

My writing goal for 2021 is to continue creating stories and (hopefully) finding readers who’ll like them.

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