An Interview with Sonya Taaffe, Author, Editor, Durian-Lover

Sonya Taaffe is the best possible author of whom you may never have heard. (This is my opinion, but this is also my blog.) Or you have heard of her, and you know about the film blog and the 2018 Lambda-Award winning anthology, but you’ve wondered what she’s been up to since winning that Rhysling. She writes poetry, tells stories, and does the panelist rounds at commendable conventions like Readercon. To me, though,  it’s short fiction where Taaffe really shines, which is why I’m extremely excited that Sonya’s newest collection of short stories, Forget the Sleepless Shores, launches August 7 from Lethe Press. I sprained my clicky finger pre-ordering this one. (If you want a taste of salt spray before diving in completely, one of the most finely wrought stories in the collection is available to read online.)

Taaffe’s fiction was first described by Gerard Manley Hopkins in 1877:

All things counter, original, spare, strange; 
 Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) 
 With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim… 

All right, I’m mostly kidding. But I couldn’t get that guy for the blog interview; I got Sonya herself, instead. If you’re curious about an award-winning writer of queer, eerie, atmosphere-drenched short fiction of salt winds and memory-spaces, read on below!

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