HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Eugie Foster

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1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Yes! Coffee with plenty of sweetener and milk, although I've been trying to kick the java habit on and off for years. Loose leaf tea--green, white, or herbal--never bagged; I'm an utter tea snob. And milk with cookies. Or cake. Or pie.

4. What else can you do besides write?
Well, I can edit, but I'm not sure if that counts as "besides write." Um, I can also program in COBOL, sew stuffed animals, and run experiments on children. That last one is less "mwa ha ha haa" and more to do with my MA in Developmental Psychology than it sounds. Really. And I can also give well-informed advice on how to raise a pet skunk.

5. Who are you reading right now?
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, House Bill 227 of the Georgia General Assembly (for my day job, I'm a legal editor for the GGA), and slush for The Town Drunk.

6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Everywhere! I get a lot of inspiration from fairy tales, folklore, and myths; I've loved them since I was old enough to be read to. Hobkin, my pet skunk, is a wealth of inspiration too; his antics have been the basis of several of my stories. I also find stories and see characters every day around me--at work, at home, on the MARTA train during my daily commute, on the news. The world's full of stories and me with not enough time to write them.

9. Food you could eat everyday.
Fresh cherries and salt and vinegar potato chips. Not necessarily at the same time . . .

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
Afraid not, unless you count climbing the several flights of stairs at the Georgia state capitol every day to get to my office. I used to dance (ballet, modern, ballroom, and belly) and do karate, and I enjoyed yoga when I did it regularly, but I have always had zero interest in sports. Less than zero, negative twelve interest. And while I keep meaning to get back into yoga or learn Tai Chi, I never seem to manage it.

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
You betcha! Both the Saturday morning variety, like Teen Titans and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and the Sunday evening kind--The Simpsons, Futurama, The Family Guy. I never outgrew cartoons. I hope I never do.

Eugie Foster grew up in the Midwest, although she calls home a mildly haunted, fey-infested house in Metro Atlanta that she shares with her husband, Matthew, and her pet skunk, Hobkin.

After receiving her Master of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology, she retired from academia and became a corporate computer drone. When her company asked her to leave the phantoms and fairies in the South and return to the dead-cold lands of the Midwest, she said "no" and retreated to her library to pen flights of fancy.

Her fiction has received the 2002 Phobos Award; been translated into Greek, Hungarian, Polish, and French; and been nominated for the British Fantasy, Southeastern Science Fiction, Parsec, and Pushcart Awards.

She's also the Managing Editor and a fiction reviewer for Tangent, the Editor/Director of the Daily Dragon, and the Assistant Managing Editor for The Town Drunk.

She is represented by literary agent William Reiss of John Hawkins & Associates, Inc., and is a voting member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the non-profit writers organization founded by Damon Knight in 1965 and presenter of the Nebula awards.

She also keeps a LiveJournal Weblog where she indulges in self-absorbed musings and documents her writing progress. Her story "Mistress Fortune Favors the Unlucky" will be in the Fantasist Enterprises' anthology Bash Down the Door and Slice Open the Badguy out this month.
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