Genre and length:
Fantasy Short Story of 8,512 words, from Not Your Typical Scantily-Clad, Virgin Sacrifice.
“Somehow, somewhere, someone decided that the force driving magic would be the essence of human virtue. This, of course, has made life difficult for everyone!”
How did the story come about?
As frequently happens, the situation came to me during my morning constitutional.
Do you prefer writing short fiction over novels, and if so, why?
No, not at all. Short fiction is like being trapped in a closet while trying to open a beach umbrella. Short fiction doesn’t leave room for expansion of an idea. You have to get with it and stay on point. That said, some stories have nothing more to say after a few thousand words.
Which short fiction writers have most influenced you.
Robert A. Heinlein, Keith Laumer