Interview: Jennifer R. Povey (FISH)


Name: Jennifer R. Povey

Age: 39

Author of: “Water Demons”

Current Geographic Location: Arlington, Virginia

Original Hometown, if different: Nottingham, England

Twitter: @NinjaFingers


Recent publications:The Skeptic,” published in February 2013 by Analog; “Voyage of the Fool,” published in January 2013 by Unsettling Wonder; “Raphael,” published in December 2012 in the Dark Stars Anthology.

Which zodiac sign where you born under? Virgo

If a magic fish granted you one wish, what would it be? The power of independent flight. It would make it so much faster to get everywhere and be a lot of fun.

What inspired your story?

Me: Okay. I need a fantasy story with fish in it.
Muse: Robot fish!
Me: Fantasy, not science fiction.
Muse: But…but…can I please have robot fish?
Me: No.
Muse: What if they were…steampunk golem fish?

At that point it just ran away with me, as all the best stories tend to do.

Did you listen to music while writing it? I always have music on in the background, but I tend to tune it out. I can’t write without it, but I couldn’t tell you what was actually playing at the time.

How many rewrites did you do before submitting? Three.

What is your favorite bit?

“Likely. Let’s see if we can land it. Although it looked to be, what, three feet long?”

“Isn’t that the normal size for the one that got away?” Not that she meant, exactly, to accuse Ron of exaggerating, but it had looked smaller to her.

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Thoughts on FISH: Blog Posts From Some Authors

A few of the authors from our upcoming anthology wrote about their acceptances on their personal websites, and can be found by clicking the links below:

Polenth Blake talks about “Thwarting the Fiends

Mjke Wood gives a shout out for his story, “The Last Fisherman of Habitat 37

Tracie McBride talks about the long path to publication for her story, “The Touch of the Taniwha

Jennifer R. Povey muses on what FISH could be, announces her sale of “Water Demons

Jacob Ruby, who comes back to us after having sold us “Seeds” for IN SITU, mentions his new story, “The Talking Fish of Shangri-La

Sam Fleming posts about her story, “What the Water Gave Her

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.