Interview: Camille Alexa (FISH)

a girl and her dog

Name: Camille Alexa

Age: old enough to know better

Author of: “Skin of her Skin”

Current Geographic Location: the Pacific Northwest

Original Hometown, if different: Austin, Texas

Twitter: @camillealexa


Recent publications: as author: PUSH OF THE SKY (released 2009, Endeavor Award Finalist 2010). As editor: MASKED MOSAIC: Canadian Super Stories (February 2013)

Which zodiac sign where you born under? Aquarius, year of the Dog

If a magic fish granted you one wish, what would it be? The fish would be an enormous anglerfish and it would grant my wish that I not be eaten by it.

What inspired your story? Carrie Cuinn’s tattoos as glimpsed during breakfast at Readercon 2011. That and, you know, an abiding deep-rooted love of mythos.

Did you listen to music while writing it? No. The dog gets banished to another room if he’s snoring too loudly when I’m trying to write, and I’ve been known to unplug the refrigerator to stop its hum. Silence is good.

How many rewrites did you do before submitting? Zero. I polish a story, but rarely rewrite.

What is your favorite bit?

Until now, the butterfly koi has lived only to exist as part of the girl. They feel beautiful together–much more beautiful than they would feel without each other. Without him, she would simply be a pretty canvas. Without her, he would be nothing more than ink.

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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.