HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Cara Gamma from Daughters of Prime (a novelet forthcoming from F&SF). She’s a fieldworker on a distant planet who finds herself studying an agrarian village, the residents of which already seem to know everything about her.
2. Tell me about your travels.
I went to Germany in the early seventies, refurbished a van with some friends and drove through the countryside, wound up in the Netherlands. Spent time in the Soviet Union right before the fall of Communism, adventures there inspired a string of stories (The Soothsayer, The Break-In Artist, Smuggling the Dead, and others. Went back to Europe in 98, rented an apartment in Florence and then headed north through France and England. Finally ended up on Ireland’s west coast. Revisited England in 2001, visiting filmmakers Charly Cantor, David Chapman, and David Slade. And, I attended World Horror in March.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?
As a singer-songwriter in the 1970s (we called ourselves folksingers then), I supported myself as an undergrad by playing the coffeehouse and festival circuits. I have continued to perform and record off and on ever since. I’m currently working with the Laughrey Connolly Band.
5. Who are you reading right now?
Mike Ashley: Transformations, the second installment in his four volume history of the SF magazines. Highly recommended.
6. Pop culture or academia?
What’s the difference? Oh yes, pop pays.
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
Both, actually. I do the outline for the aerial view. Then I drop down and explore the terrain. When I get lost (as often happens) I go aloft again and reexamine the grand scheme. I suppose we could call this the yo-yo approach.
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Lawrence C. Connolly's work has been widely praised for its edgy originality. Thomas F. Monteleone, editor of the Borderlands series, calls Connolly "a fine writer of some of the most intensely textured psychological suspense we ever receive." Bob Morrish, reviewing Borderlands 3 in Cemetery Dance Magazine, wrote that Connolly's fiction "deserves a place in the Paranoiac Horror Hall of Fame for its adept manipulation of the boundaries of reality and hallucination." A reviewer in Publishers Weekly singled out one of Connolly's Year's Best Horror Stories as being "the realization of every child's fears." The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review praised Connolly as being the author of "one of the finest scare stories ever written."
Translations of Connolly’s work have appeared in Hungary, Spain, Germany, and Italy. Three of his stories have been optioned for film.
His latest works are the novelet Daughters of Prime in the current issue (July 2007) of Fantasy and Science Fiction, which has gotten great reviews from Tangent and SFRevu and Beerwulf in the Fantasist Enterprises' anthology Bash Down the Door and Slice Open the Badguy.
Connolly is a mentor at Seton Hill Univesity's Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program.