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Check out our February author interviews: 2/7-debut author Keenan Powell (Alaskan lawyer), 2/14-Leslie Wheeler (Rattlesnake Hill), 2/21-bestselling author Krista Davis, who unveils a new series, 2/28-Diane Vallere answers my questions about Pajama Frame. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

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Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Dandelions on Mars


An Anthology in Tribute to Ray Bradbury

Edited by Ahmed Khan

Mr. Kahn, can you please tell me and our readers a little bit about you and your writing?

I have been writing on and off for the last 30 years. My work has appeared in several venues, including STRANGE HORIZONS INTERZONE. My story, “Day of Dust,” published in ANOTHER REALM in 2001, was picked up to be included in the 2003 FCAT Grade 8 Test Preparation textbook.  Links to some of my published work can be found at http://ahmedakhan.blogspot.ca/2007/11/links-to-my-writing.html. I have also edited anthologies including, “SF Waxes Philosophical”, “A Mosque Among the Stars” and “Cheer Up, Universe.”

Can you tell us about Whortleberry Press?

Whortleberry Press is Jean Goldstrom’s baby and a labor of love. In these times when short stories are short changed everywhere compared to novels, Whortleberry Press is paying its dues in keeping short stories alive and wekk via its regularly produced anthologies.

What was it like to edit an anthology that is tribute to Ray Bradbury?

It was fun. The ratio of quality submissions was exceptionally high. It was also intriguing to see how the writers related their stories to Bradbury.

What is included in the anthology?

Stories inspired, in one way or another, by Bradbury.

Ray Bradbury is sometimes described as a science fiction writer. How would you describe him?

I would describe him as a writer’s writer in and out of any genre.

As a writer, I would say that Ray Bradbury encouraged me to take chances and expand the genres I am willing to write in.  How did he influence you?

Ray Bradbury taught me to see the magic in the mundane. I first read DANDELION WINE (my favorite Bradbury book) when I was in my teens, at a time when I was feeling intellectually alone…and the stories in the book seemed to speak directly to me, morphing my loneliness into wonder.

Do you know anyone who enjoys writing as much as he did?

Isaac Asimov, I would say.

A link to the anthology is: http://WhortleberryPress.com/

What writers influenced you?


Paula Gail Benson said...

Sounds like a charming collection of stories. What a good idea for an anthology. Thanks so much for telling us about it.

E. B. Davis said...

Bradbury influenced me as well, but not as a science fiction writer, but as a writer of short stories. I'm not sure if it was old age or if Bradbury always cut to the bone. In One More For The Road, his stories made me cry as he described events in life that bring us to our knees--nothing out of the ordinary as Mr. Khan says. How did your story become included, Warren? Were you asked to contribute or was there a call for stories?

Shari Randall said...

The idea for the anthology and the cover are so appealing. Would you say the collection is appropriate for younger readers (older elementary students?)

Warren Bull said...

You're welcome, Paula

Warren Bull said...

EB, There was a call for submissions. I had two stories not accepted before my third effort made it. Bradbury wrote short stories throughout his career and One More For The Road stories were emotional reads for me too,

Warren Bull said...

Shari, I haven't received my copy of the anthology yet.

Jacqueline Seewald said...


Since I'm blogging today about selecting appropriate titles, I'll comment that I think this anthology has an excellent one.

Gloria Alden said...

Congratulations on getting into this anthology, Warren. The cover and title are enough to make me want to read it.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Congratulations, Warren! This anthology looks like it's just up my alley. I'm a huge Bradbury fan.

Kara Cerise said...

Congratulations on having your short story chosen, Warren. I'm a Ray Bradbury fan so, of course, I ordered the anthology.

Ahmed A. Khan said...

Warren: Thank you for conducting and publishing this interview.

Shari: I would say 90% of the anthology is appropriate for young readers. I can think of only a couple of stories that would get a PG-13 rating from me.

Jacqueline and Gloria: Thank you for liking the title. I will shamelessly take credit for that. As far as the cover goes, the artist, Lee Kuruganti, has done a bang-up job.