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Publication News: “Witches Garden” by Roni Stinger

Q. Tell us a little bit about your background, and your evolution as a writer. If you’ve taken more than one workshop at the Storied Imaginarium, what is it that keeps bringing you back?

The best thing about Storied Imaginarium, besides Carina Bissett and the amazing writers that take these workshops, is the flexibility to write flash, short stories, or poetry. I’ve written all three, inspired by the module materials.

Q. Have you published any stories that have come out of the generative workshops at the Storied Imaginarium? If so, what inspired your pieces, and where can we read them?

My poem “Witch’s Garden” was recently published in Hypnos Magazine’s Fall Issue and is available at:  This poem was inspired by The Snow Queen with the thought, “What if Gerda stayed in the witch’s garden and didn’t follow Kay?” Unfortunately, the choice to take a different path isn’t usually an easy one.

Q. What advice do you have for writers working with fairy tales and myth as well as combining them with current science and social issues?

Play with the images, ideas, and characters. Carina gives workshop participants ideas on doing just that. Combining the tale with a science or social issue helps bring about new connections and directions for the story or poem.

Q. How did you come to writing and who are some of your influences?

I wrote my first poems in second grade and continued writing angsty poetry through my teen years. I’ve only recently focused on speculative poetry and am in love with the genre. Early influences were Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and T. S. Eliot. More recently, I’ve discovered Mari Ness, Stephanie M. Wytovich, and Linda D. Addison.

Q. Can you give us an insight into your writing process? Any habits when you sit down to write?

Lighting an essential oil candle is a nice start to the morning. Then, I try to get my two cats to stop walking on my keyboard before settling in for a few hours of writing or revising.

Q. What is next in store for your readers?

Currently, I’m revising my supernatural gothic horror novel and will start sending it to publishers by Summer 2021. Planning to write and submit lots of poetry this year as well.

Roni Stinger lives in Vancouver, Washington. When she’s not writing strange dark stories and poems, she’s wandering the forests, beaches, and streets in search of shiny objects and creative sparks. Her work has been published in Hypnos Magazine, All Worlds Wayfarer: Through Other Eyes, and HWA Poetry Showcase Volume VII. 

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