Calie Voorhis

Calie VoorhisCalie Voorhis October 2011

Calie Voorhis is a life-long fanatic of the fantastic, with stories in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine – Issue 51 and the anthologies Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology, SpaceSirens, Farspace 2, DOA- Tales of Extreme Terror, and Anywhere but Earth. She holds a BS in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and is an Odyssey workshop alumna.

Author Q & A

Do you have any recent events to announce (of publications or anything else exciting)?
I’m really excited to be part of the Anywhere but Earth anthology out of Australia. It’s a hefty tome chock full of some great science fiction, well worth checking out.  You can find my story, “Murmer” right at the beginning. You can find it here:

What inspired you to write this story?
I wanted to write about taking our myths with us when we left the planet for the stars and then Nimue just popped up as a name, which meant I needed a Merlin, and so it went.

What books and/or authors have most influenced you?
Ooh – that’s always the hardest question to answer.  It really depends on the time of the day, the season—my mood in general.  Right now, I’d have to go with Ursula K. LeGuin, Robin McKinley, Terry Pratchett, John MacDonald, and Heinlein.  But if I answered this again later today I’d probably have a completely different list.

What are you reading now?
Right now I’m in research mode for the next project, so I’m reading a bunch of biographies on Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Sir Richard Burton, and
Lord Bryon.  For “fun” I’m rereading Harry Potter as my brain can’t process any other new books right now.

What are your current projects?
I’m trying to finish up an urban fantasy called “Blind Knight.”  It seems to be in that dreaded middles stage where I want to toss it all out the window in favor of the shiny new project circling the back of my head.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Finish what you start.  Send it out.  Repeat.  (Yes, I do live by Heinlein’s Rules of Writing.)

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just that I hope they enjoy the things I write, strange as they are.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

“It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.”                   – Ursula K. Le Guin

This reminds me that the act of creation, of writing, of inventing these worlds, changes me, hopefully for the better.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Another tough one.  There’s a few things.  Finishing my first book, then finishing the second.  Finishing my MFA at Seton Hill in Writing Popular Fiction.

What inspires you to write and why?
Another question that I’ll give a vague answer too.  When a story whacks me across the head, I write it.  If the story isn’t insistent about being written, it goes on a sticky note next to my computer to wait.  Sometimes my sticky notes co-mingle and then new things emerge.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I think the toughest thing to face as an author is the constant round of rejections.  You have to have a thick skin and get the stories back out.  The
best, of course, are the acceptances!

Tell us something unusual (or fun) about you.
I’m the Assistant Technical Director for a 153 year old theater.  Yes, there are ghosts.