TWD Magazine 4th Collection Interview: Nolcha Fox — Fiction Contributor

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As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.

About The Creative Process

What does creativity mean to you? And what does it mean to be creative?
Creativity is walking into a new universe blind-folded, where none of the old laws (including the law of gravity) apply, and I don’t know the new rules, so I have to make them up as I go. I don’t know where I’m going, or where I’ll end up, or even why. Now you know why I write fantasy, dark humor, and horror.

How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?

I’m very fortunate because I’m retired, so it’s very easy for me to make time for creativity. Creativity can strike any time, day or night. It isn’t unusual for me to write the first draft of my short stories in my brain while I’m in bed, pretending to sleep. I used to get up and write everything down when that happened, but it only made me cranky the next day. Now I know I’ll remember enough to crank out a rough second draft the next morning.

How much of your personal life and experiences shape who you are as a creative and as a person? Do you find that you draw much content from your experiences or have you worked to keep that separate from what you create?

Everything I’ve experienced worms its way into my writing at one point or another. I couldn’t keep it separate if I tried. For example, from the time I was a small child to the day I left home, just before I fell into a deep sleep, I would dream that I was falling from a great height onto a bed of shiny pebbles, washed by water. That became a short story I plan to submit, after I stop hyperventilating every time I read it.

About Creative Moments & Inspiration

What is your most memorable creative moment, if any?

My most memorable creative moment was the time I received a letter from an editor who liked my story about a mother who drove her children off a pier, but thought it would work better if I told the story from the point of view of a child. The kicker is that I originally wrote the story from the viewpoint of a child, but my writing group hated it – they thought it should be told from the point of view of the mother who did the evil deed. Of course I had the original version, which I promptly sent off to the editor. He loved it, and that was my first published story. I learned to trust my gut, to trust my own creative impulse, not to trust my writing group. That was a tough lesson. They’re my second family. I still have to relearn it now and then.

Do you cross genres for inspiration? Which ones?
Ex: If you're a fiction writer, do you read and practice poetry? Do you also dabble in art?

I don’t cross genres. I tried writing poetry. All my submissions were rejected. After I picked myself off the ground, I realized that my poetry whines too much, so I decided to stick with what I do best.

What/who inspires you the most?

I honestly couldn’t tell you where most of my story ideas come from, and I’m certain that some of my friends (who shudder every time I tell them it’s another horror story) would love to find the source of my inspiration and kill it.

Are there any contemporary writers/artists that you admire and think should be on everyone’s radar?
(Who do you think has been undervalued?)

I have a confession to make. I don’t read the work of other writers anymore because I don’t want to inadvertently steal any of their ideas. That’s not polite.

Tips For Others, Personal Goals

What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?

First, pick a genre. There are a gazillion literary magazines out there, and the more targeted you can be, the easier it is to decide where to submit. And even then, see my second tip. Second, expect to be rejected. Most editors are incredibly polite and sympathetic. And you know what? Rejections suck anyway. Have rejections ever made me think about taking up a different hobby, like juggling chain saws? Absolutely! But at some point, I try again. And again. And again.

What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?

I want to get my stories published in a book. Or three. (One day I’ll have to tell you about my story sock drawer.) Here’s my second confession. I’d rather get them all published at once instead of sending them out one or two at a time. I’m not a teenager anymore, after all.


About Nolcha

Nolcha Fox worked as a professional writer in the software and finance industries for over two decades. Retirement couldn’t stop the itch in her fingers to write, so Fox started blogging about life in a Wyoming small town ( Blogging wasn’t enough; Fox returned to her old love of short stories. Fox focuses on (dark) humor, horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

Her stories have been published in Deadlights, The Wire’s Dream Magazine, We Are A Website New Literary Journal, and Cadaverous Magazine.

Fox is an active member of Wyoming Writers, Inc., and the Writers Ink group in Buffalo, WY (we meet in the local haunted hotel).

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