Interview: A.D. Spencer (FISH)


Name: A.D. Spencer

Age: 24

Author of: “Fish Tears”

Current Geographic Location: Belgreen, Alabama

Twitter: @AriyanaSpencer


Recent publications: “Carnivores,” published in Menial: Skilled Labor in Science Fiction by Crossed Genres, “(Retro)Causality and Effect,” published in Vol 2 Issue 3 of Penumbra eMag, and “On the Unlawful Events Taking Place at Outcast’s Last,” available at Wily Writers Audible Fiction.

Which zodiac sign were you born under? I’m an Aries, born in the year of the Rabbit. Some would say this explains my temperament.

If a magic fish granted you one wish, what would it be? Since underwater reading material is rare, I’d try to politely stay away from the most obvious: “Please make my first novel a bestseller!” I think I’d ask for the ability to understand the language of fish (and sea mammals, too, since every dolphin I’ve met has had a great sense of humor). I’m sure pet goldfish, even with their horrible memories, have some really interesting stories to tell.

What inspired your story? My story was mostly inspired by my love for Egyptian mythology. I seriously have an entire corner of my room devoted to Egyptian replicas. I was also inspired by modern theories on ancient aliens. I thought, “What would it be like to apply these theories to a post-Apocalyptic future instead of the past?” “Fish Tears” was the result.

Did you listen to music while writing it? I always listen to music while I write because it helps me focus on the task at hand and blocks out the rest of the world. During “Fish Tears” I found myself listening to the band 30 Seconds to Mars. Their music seemed to add color to the environment I was creating for my setting.

How many rewrites did you do before submitting? My story was rather short, so I only did one rewrite before sending it. Usually my rewrites involve improving the beginning or the ending. In this case, it was the ending.

What is your favorite bit?

Hatmehyt’s step was slow, but her travel constant. The waters kept to her sides, flowing around her form like a second skin. They were filled with her children of many colors, of many shapes, of many names.

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Official Table of Contents for FISH

Table of Contents, FISH (due out February 8, 2012)

  1. Alexa, Camille “The Skin of Her Skin”
  2. Bennardo, Matthew “The Fish-Wife’s Tale”
  3. Blake, Polenth “Thwarting the Fiends”
  4. Darrach, Shay “I Know a Secret”
  5. Davis, Amanda C. “O How the Wet Folk Sing”
  6. Dixon, Paul A. “One Let Go”
  7. Duyvis, Corinne “The Applause of Others”
  8. Englehardt, Megan “Anansi and the New Thing”
  9. Fleming, Sam “What the Water Gave Her”
  10. Fuller, Andrew “A Salmon Tale, 2072”
  11. Fullerton, H.L. “The Fish Are There On Land”
  12. Gardner, Cate “Too Delicate for Human Form”
  13. George, Zachary “You, Fish”
  14. Hendrix, Sarah “Never to Return”
  15. Kane, Tim “Vanity Mirror”
  16. Kneeland, Andrea “Becoming Human”
  17. Kwak, Jessie “Needlepoint Fish of Azure City”
  18. L’Orange, April “Quick Karma”
  19. Lalumière, Claude “Xandra’s Brine”
  20. Liu, Ken “How Do You Know If a Fish Is Happy?”
  21. McBride, Tracie “The Touch of Taniwha”
  22. McIntyre, T.J. “How Did the Catfish Get a Flat Head, You Wonder?”
  23. Nakayama, Timothy “Fallen Dragon”
  24. Obedoza, Mel “The Fisherman and Golden Fish”
  25. Palmer, Suzanne “Lanternfish In the Overworld”
  26. Povey, Jennifer R. “Water Demons”
  27. Rambo, Cat “The Fisher Queen”
  28. Romasco-Moore, Maria “Fisheye”
  29. Ruby, Jacob “The Talking Fish of Shangri-La”
  30. Shvartsman, Alex “Life at the Lake’s Shore”
  31. Spencer, A. D. “Fish Tears”
  32. Wood, Mjke “The Last Fisherman of Habitat 37”
  33. Zup, Andreea “Maria and the Fish”

Please note the Table of Contents is currently listed alphabetically by author’s last name, and does not reflect the final order of stories.