One of the things we want to do here at Trust & Treachery is give you a chance to get to meet our authors. Over the next few weeks, you will see bios and Q&As for our amazing contributors. Today is Kris Dikeman. Stay tuned as additional authors are added every Monday.
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Kris Dikeman lives and works in New York City. She’s a member of the Altered Fluid writing group. Her stories have appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Year’s Best Fantasy 9, Strange Horizons and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among other places. She’s currently at work on her first novel. She can be found on the web at krisdikeman.com .
Do you have any recent events to announce (of publications or anything else exciting)?
What inspired you to write this story?
I love epistle stories. I wanted to write one from multiple POVs. And this is a time period that always fascinated me, the age of the pirates.
What books and/or authors have most influenced you?
Stephen King, Clive Barker, Angela Carter, Kelly Link, Joyce Carol Oates, Isabella Allenede – really, the list just goes on and non.
What are you reading now?
The newest Jo Nesbo – the Leopard. I love him.
What are your current projects?
I’m hip-deep in my first novel, a zombie novel set in Manhattan.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
No, but I’m in the market for some. What’ve you got?
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you like the story.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts.” – Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
I love this quote because it makes me feel better about my own shitty first drafts.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
I’d like to think that’s still in front of me yet.
What inspires you to write and why?
Once I get an idea for a story into my head, it rattles around in there like a marble in a coffee can. Writing it down gets it out of there.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest: Your characters only exist to suffer and die.
The best: That story made me cry.
Tell us something unusual (or fun) about you.
I make dolls from odd gloves. My friends know this and keep giving me odd gloves they find. I now have three bags of odd gloves in my closet.