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?
I’ve lost track of how many Storied Imaginarium workshops I’ve taken. I love them so much that I keep coming back. The modules provide great inspiration for story ideas, and Carina’s detailed critiques as well as the peer feedback helps me develop and refine the story into its final form. The stories I’ve developed in these workshops would never have been written on my own.
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?
All Worlds Wayfarer: Through Other Eyes anthology recently published my story “Wolf’s Bane”, which was inspired by “Little Red Riding Hood” and The Color Red. Many times the modules provide the spark for a story that takes on its own trajectory and in the end contains only echoes of the original tale. Still, the story is richer for having the background knowledge the module provided. Through Other Eyes is available on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1736150502
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?
Don’t be afraid to take the tale in a completely different direction and make it your own. Carina always gives workshop participants ideas on doing just that. Combining the tale with a science or social issue is a great way to explore the story in a new way.
Q. How did you come to writing and who are some of your influences?
I wrote my first short story in fourth grade, published a few pieces in college, and wrote sporadically for the next couple decades before deciding to focus on improving my skills and submitting my work. Early influences were Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, and Joyce Carol Oates. More recently, I discovered Angela Carter, Carmen Maria Machado, and Stephen Graham Jones.
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. A few of my short stories are out on submission, so hopefully more publications this year as well.
Author Bio: Roni Stinger lives in Vancouver, Washington. When she’s not writing strange dark stories, she’s wandering the forests, beaches, and streets in search of shiny objects and creative sparks. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Hypnos Magazine, All Worlds Wayfarer: Through Other Eyes, and The Molotov Cocktail.
Author Website: www.ronistinger.com
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Roni-Stinger/e/B07ZBLJRGK/
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